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Acoustic Neuroma

What is Acoustic Neuroma?

An acoustic neuroma is a type of benign (non-cancerous) tumour that grows in the ear canal connecting the brain to the inner ear. Without treatment, important nerves responsible for hearing, facial movements and balance can be affected and the growing tumour may encroach on the brain.

What is the role of physiotherapy in Acoustic Neuroma?

Physiotherapy is very important post-surgery as complications like facial nerve damage and balance impairments do occur. Physiotherapists use customized vestibular rehabilitation incorporating adaptation, habituation, balance and mobility has been demonstrated to improve balance. Physiotherapy is used to improve facial movements, symmetry and function.

How do I know if I have Acoustic Neuroma?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty hearing in the affected ear

  • A ringing or buzzing sound in the ear called tinnitus

  • Difficulty with balance (vertigo)

  • A sensation of fullness or blocking in the affected ear

  • Headache

  • Pain in the face

  • Facial numbness

  • Facial twitches

  • Visual disturbances like double vision

  • Difficulty swallowing

What is the treatment for Acoustic Neuroma?

  • Regular monitoring if the tumour is growing at a slow rate, particularly in the initial stages

  • Surgery

  • Stereotactic radiation

  • Physiotherapy

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