Life after acoustic neuroma surgery
What can i expect from recovering after acoustic neuroma
The patients mentioned below have graciously agreed to share their experiences with acoustic neuroma removal at the Michigan Ear Institute. They believed that the Internet focused too much on the negative reports that are common when patients seek care at centers that are unfamiliar with Acoustic Neuromas. When it comes to treating tumors, expertise is crucial. About 1,000 tumors have been removed by MEI doctors.
These patients, like almost everyone else, were nervous before surgery. They wished they could learn about the experiences of other patients. These authors have become Support persons who are happy to have tumor patients read about their experiences and interact with them via email. We appreciate their time and consideration. Many other MEI patients have also offered to talk with tumor patients over the phone; their phone numbers can be obtained upon request.
Please keep in mind that the following material is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Specific patients’ stories are shared here. Each individual and their life experiences are unique. If you have an Acoustic Neuroma, consult your doctor for more information.
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Acoustic neuroma resection by microsurgery is a difficult treatment. Although we can’t foresee every complication that might arise, we’ve compiled a list of the most likely outcomes. In general, the smaller the tumor when surgery is performed, the lower the risk of complications. Complications become more common as the tumor grows larger.
When a tumor is tiny, it is often possible to preserve hearing by removing it. However, most tumors are bigger, and the surgical operation causes hearing loss in the affected ear. As a result, the patient can only hear with the good ear after surgery. However, modern devices such as the CROS hearing aid or a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid are also available to help transfer sound from the deaf ear to the “right ear” (BAHA).
Tinnitus (ear noise) in the ear of patients with Acoustic Neuroma can be very bothersome. Tinnitus is always the same during treatment for Acoustic Neuroma as it was before surgery. After the tumor is removed, some patients can find that their tinnitus improves. Tinnitus can be more pronounced in ten percent of patients.
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Acoustic tumors are non-cancerous fibrous growths that arise from the balance or hearing nerve and do not spread to other areas of the body (metastasize). They account for around 6% to 10% of all brain tumors.
These tumors are found deep inside the skull, close to critical brain centers. The first signs or symptoms that one encounters are normally related to ear function, such as ear noise and hearing and balance problems. As the tumors grow larger, they encircle other nerves that control more important functions. As a result of the increased pressure on the brain, headaches can develop. If this strain on the brain is allowed to persist for an extended period of time, it can be fatal.
In the majority of cases, these tumors develop slowly over time. Others have a faster rate of growth. Some people have mild symptoms, and others have extreme multiple symptoms that progress quickly.
Colette’s story: treating acoustic neuroma
Peter Benson barely remembered to ask his doctor about it at his check-up because it seemed so insignificant. He’d had a “clogged” sensation in his right ear for the past six months, as if he’d been floating in water. Peter suspected it was the lingering effects of a cold he’d had a few months before, but he also assumed he was experiencing age-related hearing loss. When he told his doctor about it, it was almost like an afterthought, and he was advised to see a specialist just to be sure.
Peter’s hearing loss in that ear was confirmed by a hearing examination. The specialist advised him that it was most likely age-related, with a one-in-a-million risk of it being something more significant.
“She said it had only happened once in her practice,” Peter says, “but that I should definitely err on the side of caution and get an MRI.” “Scheduling it was simple, and the MRI was nearby, so I figured, ‘hey, I might as well rule it out.’ I would have dropped the matter if arranging the scan had been a hassle, but I wanted to go ahead and have it completed. The doctor called an hour after the scan and asked me to come back in.”