What is Acoustic Neuroma?
- A relatively rare yet possibly serious condition requiring diagnosis and treatment.
- A typically slow growing and non-cancerous tumor, growing on the 8th cranial nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain.
- A condition typically affecting women more than men and diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60.
What causes Acoustic Neuroma?
- The majority occur in sporadic form, for which cause is currently unknown.
- A small percentage are inherited based on a syndrome referred to as NF2.
What are the usual symptoms of Acoustic Neuroma?
- Unilateral hearing loss, particularly at high frequencies.
- Unilateral tinnitus, which can cause feelings of fullness in the ear, buzzing, ringing, chirping or roaring.
- Balance problems may occur if the acoustic neuroma is allowed to grow.
Diagnosis – your Audiologist will:
- Perform audiologic testing to carefully evaluate hearing in both ears.
- Perform an auditory brainstem response (ABR) test, which measures passage of electrical signals from the inner ear to brainstem pathways.
- As necessary, coordinate with your Physician to order an MRI with special material that helps clearly define Acoustic Neuroma, if present.
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