Ear tumors behind rising cases of hearing loss, doctors say

Ear tumors behind rising cases of hearing loss, doctors say
(Source: NBC)

(KAIT/NBC) - Hearing loss may come with old age for many people, but it can be caused by a number of things.

Doctors say they're seeing more and more cases of ear tumors.

Dallas radio personality Mark McCray thought his career caused his hearing loss. His hearing got worse as other symptoms emerged like nausea and dizziness.

Doctor Yoav Hahn then found an acoustic neuroma tumor, a benign growth on McCray's nerve connecting ear to the brain.

It won't spread to other parts of the body, but it will keep growing if left untreated.

"The symptoms just increase. The dizziness increases," said Dr. Hahn. "The hearing loss increases and eventually the brain stem, which is a very important part of your brain, gets compressed and it can take your life."

These tumors can be treated with surgery or radiation if found in time.

For more on McCray's story, click here.

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