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In April of this year I was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma tumor in my left acoustic (hearing) canal . This tiny, benign, slow growing tumor (see the Mayo Clinic information http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acoustic-neuroma/basics/definition/CON-20023851
) resides in the acoustic nerve canal and causes loss of hearing in one ear, among other symptons. One of the symptoms besides hearing loss in one ear (I found that out in 2013 with a hearing test) is slight numbness around the mouth area, which I experienced in January of this year. After consulting my cardiologist ("did I have a mini stroke?"), I was sent to a neurologist who had me get 3 MRIs and a TEE; the good news out of all of that is that I only had this one small (1 inch) benign tumor. The bad news is that it had grown big enough that it was up against my brain stem. Three doctor opinions later, I learned that the only real solution I had was to have it removed.
So, on September 15th I will undergo brain surgery to have it taken out and be done with the darn thing. No, I won't get my hearing back but I also won't have any further symptoms like ringing in the affected ear, loss of balance, dizziness/vertigo, and/or facial numbness.
My sister-in-law, Marj, will update this site as we go through the hospital stay; I should be able to finish it out once I'm home which will be about 5-7 days after surgery. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.