An acoustic neuroma – also known as a vestibular schwannoma – is a non-cancerous tumor that grows slowly off the lining of the vestibular nerve, which connects the brain to the inner ear. As it grows, this type of tumor can compress the adjacent nerves and brain stem, causing problems with hearing, coordination and other vital body functions.
Symptoms are often easy to miss and may take many years to develop. They include:
Signs of an acoustic neuroma are often identified with a routine hearing test (audiogram). These tests evaluate hearing using a range of sounds, tones and other speech tests.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain is critical to diagnosing an acoustic neuroma. The scan, usually performed with a contrast dye, provides detailed information about the tumor’s exact size, location and type.
Our team will develop a personalized treatment plan based on the size and location of the tumor as well as your symptoms, hearing status and overall health. Complete surgical removal often results in a long-term cure. Smaller tumors may be treated non-invasively with CyberKnife® radiosurgery, which is highly effective, or monitored over time.