I was diagnosed in June 2015 with a 2.1 AN. I am watch and wait for one year since April 2016 since in April my AN hasn't grown. I am under the care of Dr. Kutz/Dr. Barnett at UTSW Dallas, Texas. I live in Elgin/Austin TX area. I have been watch and wait since then. In June 2015, I started with left sided tongue numbness, tinnitus, hearing loss, sound dropouts, progressing to facial numbness, fatigue, balance issues, grogginess, head fullness (mostly when outside the house) and a revisit from my old friend anxiety. The anxiety is due to my increasing symptoms, not being able to work, people not understanding my situation, etc. Night before last, I had a strange symptom. I was reading and suddenly heard a LOUD exacerbation of sound as I was very relaxed, tired, and about to fall asleep. The sound came from the refrigerator compressor shutting off, a split second of vision loss that came immediately back like turning on and off a light, then a jolt like when one is sleeping and feeling of falling. I notice certain sounds affect me more. I would call it hyperacousis. Very intense to where I have to leave a room. Sometimes sounds make me jump or startle. Being that the eye, ear, and brain are all intertwined with the AN, my gut feeling is that this is the reason I am so sensitive. It was strange. I am thinking this is due to the AN on the nerve affecting my sound perception and relating it to the brain. Dr. Kutz has not heard of this with an AN. Yesterday, he ordered an MRI since I am due for my repeat MRI in a few months. I had a feeling that during this time of year was going to be when things come to a head (no pun intended LOL!) I am currently waiting on insurance approval which takes a few days. If it happens again or feel worse, my plan is to go to the ER just to get my MRI. Has anyone experienced something like this? Just curious. Thanks!