My name is Ollie, I am a 28 year old serving in the U.S. Air Force. After several years of tinnitus, some minor hearing loss, and different military doctors giving me mixed answers, in July it was discovered I have a 2.9cm acoustic neuroma on the left side of my brain. I was referred to the hospital at the University of Birmingham Alabama, where I met with the Otologist and Neurologist. The doctors both agreed that the best course of action for me given my age and the tumors location (it is growing away from my ear canal and pressing on my cerebellum) is the translabyrinthine method which will take away my ability to hear on the left side. After doing some research it does seem like that would be the opinion of most doctors with patients that have my similar circumstances. My largest concern is obviously my hearing, since I am 28 and still single I feel like this will be a challenge for dating and future relationships. Does anyone with similar circumstances know what my options for hearing assistance are? Also, are there any statistics on permanent or long-term facial paralysis? Finally, I would appreciate any additional advice going forward with this process, I have a decent support system, but the diagnosis has still been a jarring ordeal.
Sorry for using any incorrect terms, I've a wide variety of medical nomenclature thrown at me in the past couple of months, lol.