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How I used "Brain Exercises" to Regain my Balance

Your balance is essentially controlled by the interaction of: 1) your cerebellum (through the inner ears), 2) muscles (especially foot muscles), and 3) vision. If your AN destroys one inner ear your cerebellum gets useful information from your good ear, but gets bogus information from your compromised inner ear. Thus, it is difficult to keep your balance when you walk on uneven ground in the dark as most of us have experienced. But if you can “reset” your cerebellum and at the same time retrain your feet to walk more solidly you can regain most of your balance.

I had a 15mm vestibular schwannoma in 2001 that destroyed my left inner ear when it crushed the 8th cranial nerve and blood supply to the left inner ear. I was falling all of the time and in the dark I didn’t even know I was falling until I hit the ground (or whatever I landed on). After a few months of that I decided to retrain my cerebellum using specific exercises to retrain each of the three semicircular canals in the inner ear—it worked!. It took about two months doing the exercises once or twice a day to reset my cerebellum. After that once a week was sufficient and now, 17 years later, once ever month or two does the job. Your daily/weekly/monthly need for these exercises will depend on how compromised your balance is, but you can figure it out.

If you want to use these exercises to improve your balance click on the following link for instructions and a video:


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Hi, Did you have the AN removed in 2001? I have a 9mm left sided AN and I am currently on watch and wait with another mri scheduled for February. Best wishes, Damian


Yes, but I used Gamma-Knife surgery since it is quick and I was in and out in a few hours (the actual procedure only took 18 minutes). The AN (vestibular schwannoma...VS) was only 15 mm, but that's all it took to crush my 8th cranial nerve and the blood supply to my left ear. If you do NOT have a VS, just an AN, then time is not of the essence; your ENT and past MRI will tell you whether it is or not.


Thanks for your reply. I will keep you posted. Damian


You state the a VS and an AN are different. They are in fact the same, just different titles for the same condition.


A VS is an AN that is located in the bonny vestibule of the inner ear. See the following to clarify:



Many thanks - although I'm nearly 7 years on fr. diagnosis (3 cms VS), surgery and Gamma Knife, and balance is not the big issue for me now, I'm going to do these exercises just to ensure I'm doing all I can for my brain and head. Staying on top of the physical symptoms as much as possible is a huge benefit. Thanks again!


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