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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An acoustic neuroma (AN) is a slow growing tumor that forms on the nerves of your ear. The nerves help control your balance and hearing. ANs normally only occur on one side.
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or ear, nose, and throat specialist as directed:
He will monitor your AN to see if it grows. You may need to return for more hearing tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have new headaches or dizziness.
- You have new or worse hearing loss or ringing in your ears.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have a sudden, severe headache.
- You have clear fluid, blood, or pus coming out of your ear or nose.
- You have a fever, chills, and cannot move your neck.
- Your face becomes numb and you cannot move it.
- You have new or worsening trouble walking or staying balanced.
- You have a seizure.
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