Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is characterized by vestibular schwannomas (which may also be called acoustic neuromas), which can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, problems with facial movements, problems with balance, and difficulty walking. Hearing loss may be noted as early as the teenage years.
Very rarely, people with NF2 have a few café au lait spots and/or dermal schwannomas.
People with NF2 can also develop cataracts or other types of eye problems. Often juvenile cataract is the first recognizable symptom of NF2 in childhood.
Symptoms of NF2 are most common in people in their late teens and early 20s. People with a mild form of NF2 might not notice any symptoms until age 40 or later. In children, NF 2 most often presents with focal neurologic deficits, such as foot drop or difficulty walking.