Vestibular schwannoma or acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing tumor that can cause hearing loss and ringing in the ear and has a tremendous effect on both balance and hearing. The slow-growing tumor develops on the primary vestibular nerve between the inner ear and the brain. Treatment ranges from regular monitoring by your doctor to radiation and finally surgery. It is quite a rare condition and only affects 1 to 20 people in one million.
The slow-growing benign nature of this tumor means that symptoms are slow to become noticeable for many and can take years to know that medical attention is needed. Acoustic neuromas tend to grow very slowly, and they don't spread to distant parts of the body. Sometimes they are too small to cause any problems or symptoms. Bigger acoustic neuromas can interfere with how the vestibulocochlear nerve works and so causes symptoms.
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