How does an acoustic neuroma affect one's ability to smile?

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Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgery
An acoustic neuroma is a tumor that occurs near the seventh nerve, the facial nerve for smiling. It is also near the hearing nerve and the nerve for balance. Hence, hearing, balance and the ability to smile are most at risk with acoustic neuromas. The aim of treatment is to keep the facial nerve intact to preserve the ability to smile.

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