Acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing, benign tumor ,therefore the symptoms tend to develop gradually. Loss of hearing
in the affected ear is the most common symptom. Other symptoms include:
• A buzzing / ringing/hissing noise usually in one ear (tinnitus).
• A heavy/full/blocked feeling in the ear.
• Awkward walking /propensity to stumble due to problems with balancing.
with nausea and vomiting.
• If facial nerve is involved (especially in the case of large tumors) then weakening of facial muscles on one side , sensory impairment, numbness /tingling on one half of the face, loss of taste and reduction in glandular secretion, may be observed.
• Large tumor can block flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), increase intracranial pressure
and bring forth associated symptoms such as headache, vomiting, and a change in the person’s level of consciousness.
• If patient has neurofibromatosis, the tumor may be bilateral.