ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

can also be referred to as Vestibular Schwannoma

What is Acoustic Neuroma?

Acoustic Neuroma is a benign (noncancerous) tumor that develops on the nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain. This nerve has two parts one controls balance and the other hearing. This is a fairly uncommom tumor and usually grows slowly. The cause of acoustic neuroma is an overgrowth of Schwann cells that cover the nerves.

Signs and Symptoms

~Hearing loss- usually gradual and on one side

~Ringing in the affected ear

~Unsteadiness- loss of balance

~Dizziness

~Facial numbess and weakness


Tests used to diagnose

Treatment

~Observe-if tumors are found early and are small, no treatment is necessary

~Focused radiation therapy to shink the tumor

~Surgery-removal of tumor

Acoustic Neuroma - Mayo Clinic

Patient Teaching

~Follow up appointments to monitor the size of the tumor

~Know the signs and symptoms of acoustic neuroma

~Caution about operating heavy machinery when experiencing dizziness associated with

tumor




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