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What is Acoustic Neuroma?

Acoustic neuroma involves a growth of a tumor inside the inner ear, particularly a canal that is located near the brain. It is also known by its other name, auditory tumor. Detecting this condition can be a bit tricky since it shares symptoms similar to any middle ear disorder. No one knows the exact reason behind the growth of these benign cells. However, several research studies revealed that elderly people are more vulnerable to developing this rare condition.

At the onset, the symptoms of acoustic neuroma may not yet be apparent. In certain instances, some symptoms are so mild that people do not bother to look into them. These symptoms may include the following:

Hearing Loss: One of the common signs of acoustic neuroma is the loss of the ability to hear and understand spoken words properly. This usually happens during conversations over the phone. This hearing deficiency may affect only one ear.

Tinnitus: This condition is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears.” However, it is actually more than that. A person experiencing tinnitus may also hear other different sounds such as clicking or hissing in the ears even when there is no external sound at all.

Loss of Balance: Losing one’s balance is another symptom of acoustic neuroma. As the tumor grows, loss of balance can happen more often. This condition may also be accompanied by vertigo.

Headache: There is a feeling of heaviness inside the head. Sometimes this sensation extends to the neck. This symptom is usually worse in the morning and at night.




I´m 61 years old and lost my hearing gradually over many years. Because my hearing loss developed so slowly, I never realized it was happening. But my friends and family sure did. Because of them, I decided to get my hearing tested. Dr. Andrews keeps working with you until you are satisfied. That´s what I like. I haven´t heard this well in years. ~ R. McGreggor