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‘My hearing loss was brain tumour’

Simone Larkin was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering hearing loss.
Pictured with daughter Bobbie, 14, as the pair prepare to take part in a run for charity Neurocare

Simone Larkin was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering hearing loss. Pictured with daughter Bobbie, 14, as the pair prepare to take part in a run for charity Neurocare

A MUM-of-two who discovered her hearing loss was a rare brain tumour is determined to thank surgeons who gave her a ‘second shot at life’.

Simone Larkin, aged 41, thought she had tinnitus before doctors discovered it was an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour growing on the nerve that controls hearing and balance.

The teaching assistant is to take part in a charity run – her first since surgery – with 14-year-old daughter Bobbie on Sunday, almost a year to the day after she was diagnosed.

Consultant neurosurgeon Thomas Carrol carried out a 10-hour operation to remove most of the growth at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in October.

Simone, of Turnshaw Avenue, Aughton, near Sheffield, said: “I had no symptoms other than tinnitus and what I thought was slight hearing loss in my left ear to suggest there was anything wrong.

“I went through every emotion possible and a brain tumour meant death to me initially.

“It was a long draining and emotional six months before making the decision to have surgery.

“I will forever be grateful to Mr Carroll. I really do feel like I’ve been given a second shot at life.”

Money raised will go to the Hallamshire’s neurosciences department.

* Visit Neuro Care for details of the run.

 

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