I am 32 yo woman who was diagnosed with an AN on in early July of this year. My AN is 1.3cm x 1.4cm and my hearing test confirmed that I have a lot of hearing still intact. I have lost the ability to hear high tones in my AN ear, but word recognition is still great. So, the doctors suggested I get surgery now while I have hearing to preserve. My surgery is tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2021.
I was surprised when my otologist suggested they would use the Middle Fossa AND Retrosigmoid approaches. He said this is because the tumor is inside and outside the internal auditory canal. I also think the fact that I have
hearing to save has something to do with the combined approaches.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I'm curious if the recovery will be harder. The doc didn't seem to think so. Any thoughts are appreciated.