Last Updated on Feb 04, 2017


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 personís level of consciousness.
  • If patient has neurofibromatosis, the tumor may be bilateral.


shri..gan Saturday, September 1, 2012

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....

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