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While your child may have been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) at birth or an early age where tumors can develop on your child's nervous system, your child may show signs of having NF2 when reaching the age of 10 or older. While attending periodic doctor's visits and undergoing genetic screenings will help spot the growth of tumors, you should notice certain signs that your child has NF2.
Your older child may experience ringing in the ears (referred to as tinnitus), mild or severe hearing loss and even deafness.
Numbness and Headaches
Don't ignore your child if they complain of chronic headaches or numbness of the facial area. This could be a sign of NF2.
If your child suddenly has problems with their balance or feels dizzy, seek medical help immediately. Also take note if it looks as if your child's muscles are wasting away (atrophy).