Glad you came out of it unscathed TG. An acoustic neuroma is a horrible thing.
I know the condition. It killed my father.
It began with hearing loss in one ear, progressed to loss of balance, vomiting, loss of weight.... while idiot doctors suggested it was normal, symptomatic for his age.
Finally, and only after I became abusive of doctors urging them to do something as he wasted away, he was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with the acoustic neuroma.
As you know, it is a tumour which grows behind the hear, on the nerve supply to the face.
The operation damaged those nerves so half his face was paralyzed, he could not blink so one eyelid was stiched shut so the eye would not dry out. He could no longer speak properly.
He could not swallow, so to prevent food going into his lungs, liquid food was pumped into his stomach through a tube over several hours each day-- no tasting food again.
Ironically, he missed the taste of espresso... I suggested he just swish some in his mouth and then spit it out....but he declined, saying the temptation to try to swallow would be too great. What amazing discipline the poor man exhibited.
Awful. Just awful. An agonising year before the tumor re-grew and became inoperable.
The uncomplaining strength he showed during that time makes most of us feeble weaklings by comparison.
Yes TG, I am so glad yours went OK - but I would not hesitate to have follow up MRI scans to ensure it remains that way.