Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, is a rare benign (non-cancerous) growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve which transmits balance and hearing information from the ear to the brain.   The most  typical pattern of symptom development include hearing loss in one ear (unilateral) as the initial symptom in approximately 90 percent of affected individuals. Additional common findings include ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and dizziness or imbalance.  An acoustic neuroma is not cancerous (malignant); it does not spread to other parts of the body. The reason an acoustic neuroma development remains largely unknown.

 

These are the most common symptoms of acoustic neuroma:

* Hearing loss on one side, can’t hear high frequency sounds

*Feeling of fullness in the ear

*A ringing in the ear (tinnitus), on the side of the tumo

*Dizziness

*Balance problems or unsteadiness

*Facial numbness and tingling with possible, though rare, paralysis of a facial nerve*

Headaches, clumsy gait, and mental confusion

The are many reasons for various types of hearing loss. Perception of reduced hearing should be properly evaluated by a trained Audiologist. The symptoms of acoustic neuroma may look like other conditions or health problems as should be properly  evaluated for proper diagnosis. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

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