They are also called neurilemmoma and more commonly vestibular schwannomas. Acoustic neuromas are abnormal cellular growths on the vestibulocochlear nerve, the one that connects the ear to the brain. As such, the first symptoms of an acoustic neuroma is a gradual hearing loss and tinnitus, which is the clinical name for a sustained ringing in the ear. They are benign tumors, and they grow very slowly, but as they do, they might cause compression to nearby tissues and other cranial nerves. Thus, they can also cause problems in the facial muscles, facial tingling, headaches, changes in the perception of taste, difficulty swallowing, and confusion.
Brain tumors in children and young adults
Tumors wouldn’t be your first guess when your child is feeling sick. One would think tumors are more common in the elderly, but brain tumors are the exception. They are the most common type of tumor in children, adolescents, and young adults. There is no explanation for most of them, even though some of them might have an inheritance pattern.
In the United Kingdom alone, 400 children are diagnosed with brain tumors every year, and they are usually more common in boys than girls. Not all of them are malignant, but the diagnosis of a brain tumor causes a lot of distress in any parent. That’s why we have prepared a list of brain tumors which are known to be more common in children than adults.