Many people simply want to speak to someone who has ‘been through it’ and here BANA holds a unique position to help through the Listening Ear project which connects BANA members with other members who have had an Acoustic Neuroma to provide peer-to-peer support.
Getting diagnosed with a rare condition like an Acoustic Neuroma can leave people feeling anxious about what the future holds and having many questions about what it is like to have and be treated for an Acoustic Neuroma.
The Listening Ear register initiative is made up of BANA members who have volunteered to be listed on our Listening Ear register. Volunteers will be available by phone or email for other members who request peer-to-peer support. Enabling you to speak to speak to another member who is undergoing the same management option; or who is affected by the same particular symptom.
If you choose to use this service it is important to remember you are not speaking to qualified practitioners and they cannot give medical or treatment advice. But they can help by listening and sharing their own experience. Peer-to-peer support with someone who understands can help to reduce levels of anxiety.
Listening Ear members are matched as closely as possible to those who would like to speak with them. With many going on to continue their support of each other throughout their Acoustic Neuroma journey.
If you would like to speak to a member of our Listening Ear register, please contact our office.
If you are a member and would like to join our Listening Ear Register to help another person. Please contact the office.