What is an Acoustic Neuroma?
An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the balance (vestibular) nerve in your ear.
How Does an Acoustic Neuroma Happen?
Think of the nerves in your ears like wires. Wires have to parts: the copper and the coating around the copper that insulates it. Nerve cells have insulation around them too, called Schwann cells. A tumor of the Schwann cells is called vestibular schwannoma, or more commonly, an acoustic neuroma.
What are the Symptoms of an Acoustic Neuroma?
The symptoms include hearing loss, dizziness, and ringing in the ears.
How Common is an Acoustic Neuroma?
Acoustic neuromas are rare, affecting only 20,000 people in the United States per year.
What are the Treatment Options for an Acoustic Neuroma?
If you have a small tumor, monitoring it might be the best option. For a larger acoustic neuroma, surgery may be needed to correct it. It is important that the acoustic neuroma is caught early on to prevent further complications.