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Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic neuroma, also known as neurinoma or vestibular schwannoma, is a tumor arising from the vestibulocochlear nerve inside the inner ear. This nerve is responsible for hearing and balance.

While the tumor is usually benign (non-cancerous), because it is located deep within the skull it can cause neurologic dysfunction and can become life threatening. Symptoms can range from mild to severe including loss of hearing in one ear, ringing of the ear (tinnitus), loss of balance, dizziness and other symptoms.

Our multidisciplinary team carefully evaluates each case to determine the best treatment approach for each tumor. Treatment can include surgery and/or radiation therapy. For small tumors that are found incidentally, our acoustic neuroma team will discuss with you the option of holding off on treatment and following the tumor with regular interval MRI scans and audiograms.