About 1.5 months ago, I got out of the shower and felt like I had water or wax in my ear and had tinnitus. I tried some home remedies for a week and when they didn't work, I went to my primary who irrigated my ears. When that didn't work, she referred me to an ENT who found no infection or physical problem, game me a hearing test with a result of only 28% hearing in affected right ear, and sent me for an MRI. The MRI shows a 7mm acoustic neuroma - very tiny. My ENT recommended surgery; however, not one to take any one individual's word on something like this, I surfed the net and came to realize that this was not the only choice. My ENT recommended a surgeon in Miami, who I've seen mentioned on the forum, but did not see much about him on the Internet re: AN surgery; and I know it is important who you chose and how many times they've done a particular surgery.
Anyway, I know I have time and am doing more research. Because my right ear has very little hearing as a result of this AN (which must have been there for some time w/o my realizing it), I am not as concerned about losing hearing in that ear (my vanity does, but not the intellectual side of my brain). I'm more concerned about what surgeon to chose if I go that route or the radiation route and if there are any really good choices in FL, GA...maybe even NYC - anything on the East Coast. Although, from what I read, I prefer the House Clinic, I don't fly; even if I did, I was wondering if there would be ear pain because of the AN.
How do you find out the number of particular operations a surgeon has done?
This forum is wonderful and I'm happy there is something like this for support and help. I feel better already!