An acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous type of growth that develops on the nerve connecting the inner ear and the brain.
The eighth cranial nerve, known as the vestibulocochlear nerve, sends sound and balance information from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic neuromas develop over a long period of time on this nerve and can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms.
While they may not be cancerous, acoustic neuromas that press on nearby cranial nerves can impact facial expressions and sensation. If a tumor grows large enough to press on the brain stem or cerebellum, it can be dangerous or even lethal. Surgery to remove the acoustic neuroma may be necessary and is determined based on a number of factors.
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The early symptoms of an acoustic neuroma are usually mild but grow increasingly severe as the tumor grows. These symptoms may include:
- Hearing loss
- Problems with balance
- Facial numbness, tingling or weakness
- Taste changes
- Difficulty swallowing and hoarseness
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