Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that develops on the balance (vestibular) and hearing, or auditory (cochlear) nerves leading from your inner ear to the brain. Branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear and unsteadiness.

Large acoustic neuromas can be serious because they can sometimes cause a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the brain
  • Symptoms
  • Difficulty hearing

    • In one ear

    • Chronic

    common

    Ringing in ears

    • One ear

    common

    Feeling unsteady

    common

    Headache

    • On one side of the head

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    common

    Dizziness

    common

    Loss of sensation in one side of face

    Spinning dizziness

  • Risk factors
  • Radiation therapy

    Exposure to loud noise

    Family history of neurofibromatosis type 2

  • Treatment
  • To treat acoustic neuroma, your doctor may suggest one or more of three potential options: monitoring, surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Acoustic Neuroma, then a visit to an ENT specialist is recommended.

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