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Acoustic Neuroma & Vestibular Schwannoma

Dallas Benign Tumor Treatment

Acoustic neuromas, also known as vestibular schwannomas, are benign tumors that grow on the Schwann cells that cover the nerve connecting the inner ear and the brain. Though not usually cancerous, these tumors can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear, or balance problems. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately.

How Is It Diagnosed?

An acoustic neuroma can often be diagnosed with a physical exam followed by an imaging test. Most of these tumors are diagnosed when a patient visits their doctor with complaints of hearing loss or a ringing sound in the ear. First, the doctor will perform a hearing test to find out how severe the hearing loss is and whether or not it’s affecting both ears. If they suspect an acoustic neuroma is causing the problem then they will order an MRI or CT scan of the brain to confirm the diagnosis.

Removing the Tumor

Acoustic neuromas do not always need to be removed. If the tumor is very small and not causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend leaving it alone. However, if you do not have the tumor removed, then you should still have regular imaging and hearing tests to make sure it is not growing more than expected.

If the acoustic neuroma is causing problems then you may need surgery to have it removed. The type of surgery required will depend on the size of the tumor and where it is located. At Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute, our experienced neurosurgeons are familiar with a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures that can be used in numerous situations.

For more information about Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute and our treatments for acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas, call us at (214) 948-2076.