At 2:30pm, Dr.'s Schwartz and Luxford from the House Ear Clinic completed their surgery on my beautiful wife Suzy.
It appears as though they were able to remove the entire tumor and they explained that her facial nerve has remained completely intact with what appears to be no facial paralysis. They also conducted initial brain response tests and early indications are that her hearing is at least partially working; this is huge, because we went into this thinking that her right-ear hearing was going to be gone for good.
One thing to note is that Suzy is dealing with an immense amount of pain tonight. The ICU is keeping her medicated but with the retro-sigmoid procedure, the process of removing the tumor is quite a bit more invasive but gave Suzy the only shot at retaining any hearing. In other words, the pain is worth it.
Suzy will also be dealing with quite a bit of vertigo for the next few days/weeks as her right-side balance nerve is no longer there. She will eventually learn to live with one balance nerve and will end up being much better over time.
As I sat at the House Ear Clinic yesterday, I read some interesting factoids on hearing loss. One hit me especially hard: “on average, people wait seven years after discovering they have a hearing problem before they begin to seek help”.
Suzy discovered her acoustic neuroma purely by chance – aside from a case of tinnitus, her hearing is exceptional but her balance has been a little weak for a few years.
If you or your loved one has tinnitus (ringing) in one ear; bouts of imbalance and/or vertigo; facial weakness or numbness --- seek help TODAY.
Acoustic neuromas, though rare, are one of the more common types of brain tumors.
We are so grateful for the outpouring of incredible support from the many friends, family and even quite a few people we have never had the pleasure to personally meet. Thank you all and look for Suzy to come back online very soon!!!