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Acoustic neuroma testing?

Acoustic  neuroma testing?

Hearing tests: Almost all acoustic neuromas are associated with hearing loss, but other neurological signs may be found on exam, including problems with gait, facial sensation, and double vision. Diagnosis can be confirmed, or excluded, by careful MRI films of the base of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Get checked out: Acoustic neuromas almost never cause pain.

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Acoustic neuroma surgery - any lingering auditory effects?

Yes: Depending on size of the tumour, presurgery hearing levels, including several parameters--the decision to do hearing preservation surgery--the skill of the surgeon -success rate between 40-80% has been studied. ...Read more

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Could acoustic neuroma cause permanent hearing loss?

Could acoustic neuroma  cause permanent hearing loss?

Yes: The majority cause unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss as the first and sometimes only symptom. This hearing loss is always permanent. ...Read more

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What is acoustic neuroma?

Balance nerve tumor: "acoustic neuroma" is actually a double misnomer: it is neither from the acoustic nerve nor is it a neuroma. It is actually a vestibular schwannoma: a benign tumor of the schwan cells (cells that wrap around and insulate nerves), not of the nerve itself, that grows off of / around the vestibular nerve, the nerve for balance, rather than the acoustic nerve or nerve of hearing. ...Read more

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Acoustic neuroma ear hypercausis, what to do?

Acoustic neuroma ear hypercausis, what to do?

Depends: surgery or radiotherapy may help. Would see a neurosurgeon and a radiation oncologist. Tumor size is an important factor. ...Read more

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Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

No: Completely different issues. An acoustic neuroma is a benign growth of the hearing/balance nerve. The mastoid is an air containing space connected to the middle ear. ...Read more

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Could an MRI of the inner auditory canal show noise-induced hearing loss?

Could an MRI of the inner auditory canal show noise-induced hearing loss?

No: An MRI of the temporal bone which includes the auditory canal cannot show noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing loss is evaluated with a hearing test and audiogram. The cause of the hearing loss can be speculated at based on your history and the findings from the hearing test. There is no imaging study that can quantify hearing loss. ...Read more

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Is ringing in the ears an auditory hallucination?

Is ringing in the ears an auditory hallucination?

Not hallucination: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom of an underlying condition. It is a common problem that tends to worsen with age and can be disruptive. It can be heard just by the sufferer or by others as well. Tinnitus can be caused by a few health conditions. A common cause is inner ear hair cell damage. If you have tinnitus, see your provider for evaluation and see an ENT for exam and audiometry. ...Read more

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Could an MRI of the inner auditory canal show noise induced hearing loss?

Could an MRI of the inner auditory canal show noise induced hearing loss?

Not likely: Noise induced hearing loss involves more function than anatomy. Mri will show damaged tissue; eg drum, the bones of middle ear, etc. Audiometric testing will show degree of loss. An ENT and most family docs are able to differentiate between conduction loss vs sensory loss. ...Read more

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Describe optic neuritis?

Describe optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve often caused by multiple sclerosis. The symptoms are a sudden decrease in vision in one eye usually associated with eye pain. This condition can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What symptoms differentiate vestibular migraine from vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis?

What symptoms differentiate vestibular migraine from vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis?

Vestibular dysfunct.: Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis result from infection in the inner ear or the nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain. This disrupts transmission of sensation from ear to brain. Vertigo, dizziness, and difficulties with balance, vision, or hearing may result. Migraine usually adds pain to the equation, but vertigo may also create nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Enlarged perivascular space in basal ganglia. Is by any cranial nerves? Double vision, enlarged pupils, trigeminal neuralgia, pulsating tinnitus

Enlarged perivascular space in basal ganglia. Is by any cranial nerves? Double vision, enlarged pupils, trigeminal neuralgia, pulsating tinnitus

Neurologic issues: None of what you describe is normal. I would suggest that you seek the opinion of both the Neurologist and the Neurosurgeon and possibly the Interventional Neuroradiologist. ...Read more

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Could an ENT find tumor in ear or acoustic neuroma by looking into your ear canal?

Yes: An ear nose and throat doctor can diagnoses a tumor of your ear canal. However, acoustic neuromas are not observed in the ear canal and usually require MRI scan to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Episodes of vertigo, tinnitus, fullness in ear. OAE showed left ear damage. Now having ABR test. What can ABR determine aside from acoustic neuroma?

Episodes of vertigo, tinnitus, fullness in ear. OAE showed left ear damage. Now having ABR test. What can ABR determine aside from acoustic neuroma?

This test: measures the "connection" between the outside (cochlear) hearing organ and the brain itself! It is used for a number of hearing/balance issues besides acoustic neuroma. You should discuss this question with the Health Care Professional who ordered the test....(good advice for ALL MEDICAL TESTING!) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What cause balance problem except acoustic neuroma?

Dizziness: There is a long list of ear related issues that cause balance problems, neurologic, cardiovascular, circulatory, metabolic/hormonal problems also can cause dizziness/lightheadedness/balance issues. Acoustic neuroma is a rare condition so lots of other things to check and consider first. ...Read more

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