In February of 2021, I was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma (also called an acoustic neuroma) which is a very rare (It affects fewer than 200,000 people and accounts for about 6% of all brain tumors) but benign (non-cancerous) tumor that sits on my vestibular and hearing nerve which is located by the entrance to my brain. Practically since birth, I have been dealing with hearing loss and imbalance. And now we know why! My doctors have advised me that eventually my hearing on my left side will be permanently lost without medical intervention and there is a chance my hearing will be able to be saved through surgery. On the flip side, this surgery could also compromise my hearing as well as cause some facial paralysis.
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation." - Isaiah 12:2
For more information of vestibular schwannomas: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/vestibular-schwannoma-acoustic-neuroma-and-neurofibromatosis