What are the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma?

Insignificant acoustic neuroma might not show any symptoms. If you experience any symptoms as a result of the condition, these may just develop slowly since the tumor grows gradually.

Symptoms caused by acoustic neuroma are widespread with the common population. Usually acoustic neuromas are very rare to see. One should consult a physician if they develop any of the following symptoms, however they may be caused by other conditions and not a brain tumor.

 Acoustic Neuroma Symptoms

Hearing loss

A certain level of deafness is bound to occur for 9 out of 10 people with acoustic neuroma. Deafness is steady and has an effect on just one ear. Nevertheless, deafness has also been known to be commonly caused by earwax and old age. Sensorineural is the deafness caused; the hearing nerve otherwise known as the acoustic nerve is damaged which results in deafness. A tuning fork can be used to conduct hearing tests which clearly shows whether the deafness is as a result of a problem with the nerves or due to ear blockage also referred to as conductive deafness.

Tinnitus

This is when one experiences a ringing sound in the ears. Approximately 7 in 10 patients suffering from Acoustic Neuroma experience tinnitus in one ear. The sounds are not the same which means that it does not have to be like the ringing of a bell. Tinnitus basically describes all sounds experienced in the ear whereas there are no external sounds being produced. This is not a disease but a symptom. There could be other causes of tinnitus which include: ear infections, earwax, hearing losses induced by noise and ageing.

Vertigo

This can also be described as dizziness where a patient feels like a room is spinning. This is not the phobia of heights as most people tend to believe. This is a feeling experienced when a person is standing still. This symptom can be as a result of other conditions that may be affecting the inner ears. Almost half of the patients with Acoustic Neuroma suffer from vertigo. Only 1 in 10 of the patients suffers from vertigo as the first symptom.

Facial tingling, pain or numbness

These symptoms are as a result of pressure on other nerves from the Acoustic Neuroma. The nerve that is commonly affected is the trigeminal nerve that mainly controls facial feelings. Facial numbness is much more common than muscle weakness in the face. Mostly this is a symptom that goes unnoticed. A person with a tumor on the facial nerve otherwise referred to as facial neuroma may experience similar symptoms.
Other symptoms that are less common include:

Headache: This mainly occurs in cases where the tumor is big and blocks the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids in the brain. This is the nourishing and clear fluids that flows around the spinal cord and brain and helps in protecting structures that are delicate. Any obstruction of this flow results in hydrocephalus and results in the headaches and if left untreated it causes brain damage.

Visual problems: This is also caused by hydrocephalus.

Earache: This is a very rare symptom in Acoustic Neuroma.

Lack of energy and tiredness: A nonmalignant tumor in the brain could also be as a result of this.