How does an acoustic neuroma make you feel?

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The symptoms caused by an acoustic neuroma can vary from person to person and depend on several factors, including the size, location, and growth rate of the tumour. The tumour's presence and its effects on the surrounding structures can lead to various physical and sensory experiences. Here are some common ways an acoustic neuroma may make you feel: 

Gradual or sudden hearing loss: One of the most noticeable symptoms is a gradual loss of hearing in one ear. Some individuals may experience a sudden onset of hearing loss. The hearing loss may affect your ability to understand speech and distinguish sounds. 

Tinnitus: Many people with an acoustic neuroma experience tinnitus, which is a persistent ringing, buzzing, or other sounds in the affected ear. Tinnitus can be continuous or intermittent and may vary in intensity. 

Dizziness and imbalance: An acoustic neuroma can disrupt the balance mechanisms in the inner ear, leading to dizziness, vertigo (a spinning sensation), and a general feeling of unsteadiness. Imbalance and difficulty with coordination are also common. 

Facial numbness or weakness: As the tumour grows, it can put pressure on the nearby facial nerves, resulting in facial numbness or weakness. This can affect the muscles on one side of the face and may impact your ability to control facial expressions. 

Difficulty swallowing: Larger tumours may compress structures involved in swallowing, causing difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) or a feeling that food is getting stuck in the throat. 

Problems with eye movement: If an acoustic neuroma affects the nerves responsible for eye movement, it can lead to double vision (diplopia) or difficulty moving the eyes in certain directions. 

Headaches: Some individuals may experience persistent headaches, which can vary in intensity and may be localized to one side of the head. 

It's important to note that these symptoms are not exclusive to acoustic neuromas and can also be caused by other conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms or have concerns, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. They will be able to evaluate your symptoms, conduct necessary tests, and provide guidance based on your specific situation. 

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