Is acoustic neuroma an ear disorder?

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An acoustic neuroma is an ear disorder. It is a non-cancerous tumor on what is known as the eighth cranial nerve, the nerve that connects your brain to your inner ear. This nerve, also known as the vestibular nerve, helps control balance. Acoustic neuromas can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, balance problems, and facial weakness or numbness. If the tumor becomes large enough, it can press against the brain or brainstem and create a life-threatening buildup of fluid. Acoustic neuromas can be diagnosed through magnetic resonance imaging or other imaging procedures. Treatment options include careful monitoring, radiation, or surgery, depending on the size of the tumor.

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