What are the symptoms of acoustic neuromas?

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Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgery
Acoustic neuromas present as one-sided hearing loss or ringing in the ear. So if you're losing hearing in one ear and on that same side you also have ringing in the ear, those two symptoms would need to be investigated by a neurosurgeon or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. The doctor might schedule magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the cause of the problem.

The most common symptom of acoustic neuromas is hearing loss in one ear. The loss is usually slow, but in some cases it may be abrupt. The ear on the affected side may also experience tinnitus, or ringing. Because acoustic neuromas affect the nerve related to balance, they may cause dizziness or loss of balance. They can also push on the nerve that affects facial sensation and cause numbness or weakness in the face.

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