Whenever you are having issues with your hearing, vision, or balance, you must talk with an ENT specialist right away. You want to avoid permanent damage to your senses because although, if you do not have all of your senses and you learn to survive without them, they are very important. Most people don’t wake up and think about how grateful they are to have all of their senses but when you have a sense that isn’t as strong as the others, you will be affected. This is why you must visit our ENT doctor at The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida). There are quite a few different hearing problems you can be diagnosed with so do not just look up your symptoms online and take the word of a website that addresses your issue. A lot of times, people can change the information on these websites and write whatever they want. Do not depend on the internet! Our doctors went to school for this, and with our highly trained medical team, your diagnosis will be accurate. One hearing problem you may have is called acoustic neuroma and our audiologist in Plantation explains what this is.
What Is Acoustic Neuroma?
Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that affects the nerves that run from the inner ear to the brain. This causes problems with your hearing and balance because the nerves that are responsible for hearing and balance are prevented from proper function. This leads to hearing loss and Tinnitus. In the later stages of acoustic neuroma, the nerves of the cerebellum and brainstem are affected and it can increase pressure in the brain which can pose as a life threatening hearing problem. Any time your nerves are affected and there is pressure exerted on the nerves, you must be treated for your issue because if you experience problems with your nervous system and they are left untreated, you may not survive.
How Is It treated?
Luckily, when you experience this type of severe nervous system predicament, there are treatment options for you. Let our ENT doctor at The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) diagnose and treat your acoustic neuroma. A few different treatment options include:
Stereotactic radiosurgery- Our doctor can deliver radiation to a tumor without having to cut the patient open. A lightweight head frame is attached to the patient’s scalp (which is numbed). The tumor is located with imaging scans.
Microsurgical removal- This involves removing a tumor through an incision in the skull and carried out under general anesthesia. If the tumor is small enough and taken out in a timely manner, your symptoms may improve and you may recover your hearing.
Monitoring and MRI- Many acoustic neuromas do not grow so continuous monitoring and MRI’s may be the initial treatment option for your acoustic neuroma.
If you are experiencing nervous system complications that cause loss of hearing, balance, or vision, you may have an acoustic neuroma. Talk with our ENT doctor at The hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) about treatment options. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 786-420-6660 or visit our website! hearingaidsfortlauderdale.com.