An acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, is an uncommon benign (non-cancerous) growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve. This is the main nerve that runs from the inner ear to the brain and is responsible for hearing and equilibrium. Although there is no standard or typical pattern of symptom development, hearing loss in one ear (unilateral) is the initial symptom in approximately 90 percent of affected individuals. Ringing in your ear and unsteadiness are other symptoms which are caused by the pressure of the acoustic neuroma.
Treatments for acoustic neuroma include regular monitoring, radiation and surgical removal.
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