Acoustic Neuroma

Monday, October 27, 2014

Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about acoustic neuromas in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. The tumor usually grows slowly. As it grows, it presses against the hearing and balance nerves.

At first, you may have no symptoms or mild symptoms. They can include:

Loss of hearing on one side

Ringing in ears, and

Dizziness and balance problems

The tumor can also eventually cause numbness or paralysis of the face. If it grows large enough, it can press against the brain, becoming life-threatening.

Acoustic neuroma, also called a vestibular schwannoma, can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of middle ear problems. Ear exams, hearing tests and scans can show if you have it.

If the tumor stays small, you may only need to have it checked regularly. If you do need treatment, surgery and radiation are options.

If the tumors affect both hearing nerves, it is often because of a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.