While I appreciate you providing the links to the VEDA materials, I hope AN patients do not feel that it is a given that we will have cognitive and/or psychological problems as a result of our ANs.
I have had three skull-based surgeries (see signature below) and although I had many of the symptoms/issues listed in these articles in the very short-term, most are a non-issue at this point in my life. Because of huge radiation doses as a teenager and my AN, I have NO vestibular function on either side (documented by tests). I awoke from my first AN surgery with MAJOR balance issues ..... needed a walker for the first week, double vision, memory problems, etc. ..... but most things disappeared within a very few weeks.
Those articles sounded like ALL acoustic neuroma patients should expect to have problems in cognitive or psychological areas. I disagree ..... at least in my situation. Yes, I still have some difficulty walking and discussing something at the same time, unless I am hanging on to something or someone ..... that is a given because I simply have to concentrate all of my visual and muscular energies on staying upright. Yes, I still need to take breaks during long physical tasks ..... it takes more energy for me now. So, yes, the possibility for cognitive/psychological issues exists ..... depending upon one's personality and/or daily work needs, but I do not feel it is automatic, by any means.
Yes, I did have a period of being really down after my first AN surgery, when it seemed I had plateaued (Is that really a word?
) in my physical progress. I went to a trained vestibular therapist for months and I firmly feel that he was single-handedly responsible for teaching me the skills I needed ..... to be where I am today. I have learned to stay as close to something as solid as possible when walking ..... and to keep my vision firmly fixed on non-moving objects when walking. Driving is not a problem because I am not trying to walk and drive at the same time.
Cognitively ..... I do have some holes in my memory from the past four years, but I really have chalked that up to wanting to forget some of it and my age ..... the important things are still there. I am a retired teacher and church organist, but I still volunteer in many activities with no problem, other than working around the walking issues (no walking at night outdoors by me). I am a Sudoku, Words with Friends, and crossword puzzle addict so those brain functions are intact.
Just please do not make assumptions about this. Encourage yourself to do as much as you can to keep yourself healthy!