Acoustic Neuroma’s are benign tumours which grow on the auditory nerve. As they grow they can cause pressure on nerves and parts of the brain.
The earliest symptom is one sided hearing loss or tinnitus. Sometimes the hearing loss or tinnitus can happen suddenly.
Patients with large tumours can experience headaches, visual disturbance and ataxia (unusual jerky body movements).
Early diagnosis is crucial. Any sudden hearing loss or sudden tinnitus needs to be investigated URGENTLY!