Acoustic Neuroma

Symptom of acoustic neuroma

The most common symptoms are tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and impaired hearing. If you are experiencing symptoms such as recently being unable to hear voices on the telephone properly with one ear, but having no problems with the other, or tending to point your good ear toward someone who is talking to you, you should have your hearing checked at an ear, nose, and throat clinic, and if necessary also undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A condition called "idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss" may also occur in which deafness suddenly occurs for no apparent reason. Other symptoms that appear as the tumor grows larger can include dizziness, tingling in the face, facial distortion, double vision, inability to walk in a straight line, choking on food or drink, and deepening of the voice. In rare cases, if the tumor grows extremely large and impairs the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, a condition known as "hydrocephalus" can arise, resulting in headaches and nausea. Recently, the more common use of brain checks has increased the discovery of very tiny acoustic neuromas in people before symptoms develop.

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