An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor originating from one of the balance nerves, which go from the inner ear to the brain. These tumors are usually diagnosed on an MRI, which may be ordered to evaluate a hearing loss that is more severe on one side than the other.
Acoustic neuromas are generally slow growing, and often the only symptom a patient will have will be progressive hearing loss in one ear. Acoustic neuromas will usually lead to a complete loss of hearing in the affected ear eventually, although this may take years to occur. If acoustic neuromas are left untreated, they can become large and put pressure on the brainstem.
There are three treatment options for an acoustic neuroma: observation of the tumor with repeat MRI scans every 6 to 12 months, surgery to remove the tumor, or a special type of radiation called stereotactic radiosurgery. If you have been diagnosed with an acoustic aroma, you should be evaluated buy a neurotologist, such as myself, or one of the other surgeons at the Shea Ear Clinic. You and your doctor will determine
the best choice of treatment for your acoustic neuroma.
The surgeons at the Shea Ear Clinic have the training and experience to recommend the optimal treatment for an acoustic neuroma, which involves a multidisciplinary team approach including an experienced neurosurgeon. Call for an appointment today.
Paul F. Shea, MD, talking about Acoustic neuromas