I am a 53 year old female in very good health. I woke up last Monday, March 10, 2014, feeling as though I had water in my right ear. By lunchtime, I began to be dizzy and I was able to get in with my primary care doctor that afternoon, thinking I had an ear infection tied to the environmental allergies I constantly fight. She saw no infection, prescribed me a nasal steroid and motion sickness pills and gave me a shot of phenegran for the by now severe nausea. After sleeping for 16 hours or so I woke up with no hearing in my right ear and SEVERE vertigo that kept me on my back. I did call my doctor back and she wanted me to come back in on Wednesday. With the vertigo, it took everything in me to get to that appointment (I had someone to drive me, thank goodness!). Again, no infection was apparent. She started me on a normal dose of prednisone plus Valium for the dizziness, but got me in with an ENT the next morning. Thursday morning, the ENT started out with a hearing test, which showed near perfect hearing in my left ear, but complete deafness in my right. He diagnosed Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, prescribed a "steroid blast", but gave me little hope of regaining my hearing. His best guess was a rupture in the cochlear membrane, but wanted to get an MRI in a few days if no hearing returned. Thursday afternoon, I started experiencing double vision, called the ENT office Friday morning, and they went ahead and ordered the MRI for that afternoon. This morning, Monday, March 17, 2014, the ENT (himself--you know that doesn't mean good news) called to tell me that it was an acoustic neuroma, 4.5cm. I asked about regaining my hearing once it was removed and he told me that even if I didn't have total hearing loss already, it would be sacrificed with the surgery, so no hope. I live in Tennessee, and he said he wanted me to go to Vanderbilt. I didn't realize how large a tumor that was until I started looking on some websites about surgical options. Wow..... The GOOD news today was that he called back this afternoon after he and his partner reviewed the MRI tape, because they had not ever seen an AN that big in their practice. Turns out there was a transcription error and it's only 4.5mm. I probably have had a gradual reduction of hearing in that ear over the past few years, but not enough to prompt me to have it checked, plus the heredity factor, I assumed I would have some level of loss in my later years, but certainly not TOTAL. So I've been online all day looking at page after page and was very happy to find this forum. I am waiting to hear from Vanderbilt about an appointment, so in the meanwhile I'm interested in hearing other people's stories. I think surgery is inevitable and I'm fine with that, and Vanderbilt would seemingly be a good place to go, I think. I just haven't had anyone give me any hope on regaining any hearing. I've been totally deaf in that ear for a week now. I will have to be fine if it doesn't happen, but I'm just curious what other experiences have been. Thanks for reading my saga. Writing it was sort of therapeutic.