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Vestibular Schwannoma and Receiving Social Security Disability

A vestibular schwannoma is a benign (non-cancerous) growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve that leads from your brain to your inner ear. This particular nerve has two distinct parts. One part is associated with sending balance information to your brain from your inner ear to your brain, and the other part is associated with the transmitting of sound. neurological-disorders-and-disability-benefits Your eighth cranial nerve is located next to your seventh or facial cranial nerve as they pass through a bony canal that is known as the internal auditory canal. This canal is about 2 cm (0.8 inches) long. This is the place where a vestibular schwannoma usually begins. It usually originates from the sheath surrounding the eighth nerve. Your seventh or facial nerve provides motion to your muscles that enable you to show facial expression. A vestibular schwannoma usually develops slowly over a period of several years. An auditory tumor gets larger in size in the place where it starts. Because a vestibular schwannoma is non-cancerous (benign), it does not metastasize (spread) to other areas of your body. However, a vestibular schwannoma can displace some of your normal brain tissue as it increases in size. A vestibular schwannoma does not invade your brain like a malignant tumor does, but the tumor pushes your brain as it grows. This can result in several problems. A vestibular schwannoma is called by other names. It is also known as an auditory tumor, acoustic neurilemoma, acoustic neurinoma and acoustic neuroma. There are approximately 3,000 cases of vestibular schwannomas that are diagnosed each year in the United States. The majority of the people who are diagnosed with this disorder are between the ages of 30 and 60. The cause of a vestibular schwannoma is unknown at the present time. However, in rare cases, a vestibular schwannoma is a sign of neurofibromatosis 2. Neurofibromatosis 2 is a genetic disorder that is marked by the growth of tumors on your vestibulocochlear nerve. Tumors that are connected with this disorder often affect the nerve on both sides (bilateral). You are more likely to experience signs and symptoms with a vestibular schwannoma as the tumor grows and pushes against your brain. Some of the signs and symptoms that you have may include: ?Gradual hearing loss, although in some cases your hearing loss can be sudden and happening only on one side, or it may be more pronounced on one side It is possible that a vestibular schwannoma may also press on your brainstem. In rare cases like these, a vestibular schwannoma may grow large enough to compress your brainstem and be life-threatening. There can be serious complications that result from a vestibular schwannoma. Some of these are: As you can see, the signs and symptoms and possible complications that can be caused by a vestibular schwannoma may result in incapacitation and disability. Is this true in your case? Are you disabled and unable to work because of a vestibular schwannoma and/or complications that have developed from this disorder.