Acoustic Neuroma

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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.

Vertigo  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.

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very good info. I suffer sudden hearing loss left ear in 1992 and now rt ear in 2007. ENT docs never advise except using hearing aid. I am engineer and was always thining something like this. I used to enjoy classicle music. But now i listen tunes which I know hear distorted. wher can I check up and possibly get help? I am 69 years of age. so....
shri..gan Saturday, September 01, 2012

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