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Acoustic Neuroma

Symptoms and Signs of Acoustic Neuroma

The signs of acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) include a variety of physical impairments related to the tumor’s pressure on the nerves in the inner ear. Each individual’s condition is unique and symptoms affect each person to different degrees. Due to the slow growth of tumor, symptoms of acoustic neuroma often do not appear until after age 30. However, in the case of bilateral acoustic neuroma, which is caused by an inherited genetic disorder, symptoms often first appear in the teen years.

Early symptoms of acoustic neuroma often involve:
•    a gradual hearing loss that may be asymmetrical if the tumor is unilateral, growing in one ear
•    tinnitus, a ringing in the ear
•    vertigo, the abnormal feeling of movement

Less common signs of acoustic neuroma involve:
•    dizziness and loss of balance
•    facial numbness
•    weakness or pain in the face
•    difficulty understanding speech
•    headache
•    pain in one ear

Many other conditions develop symptoms very similar to these, making it important to consult with a qualified neurology health care professional at the first signs of a possible acoustic neuroma.

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