Acoustic Neuroma (Bilateral / Unilateral)

Understanding Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a non-cancerous tumor that develops on the nerve responsible for balance and hearing. The tumor grows slowly and can affect the ear, facial muscles, and balance. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications.

Symptoms of Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic Neuroma may cause several symptoms, including:

  • Loss of hearing in one ear
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Balance problems
  • Facial numbness or weakness
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus

Causes of Acoustic Neuroma

The exact cause of Acoustic Neuroma is unknown, but it’s believed to be caused by a malfunctioning gene that triggers the uncontrolled growth of nerve cells in the ear. Acoustic Neuroma usually affects people aged 30-60 years and occurs more frequently in women.


Diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Acoustic Neuroma, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will carry out a physical exam and may perform some diagnostic tests, including:

  • Audiometry test
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) test

Treatment Options of Acoustic Neuroma

The treatment for Acoustic Neuroma depends on the size and location of the tumor, as well as the severity of the symptoms. The main treatment options include:

  • Observation: If the tumor is small and not causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend monitoring it over time to see if it grows.
  • Surgery: Surgery is the most common treatment for Acoustic Neuroma. The goal of the surgery is to remove the tumor completely while preserving the facial nerve and hearing function.
  • Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy is used to control the growth of the tumor and prevent it from spreading.

Bilateral Acoustic Neuroma

Bilateral Acoustic Neuroma is a rare condition that affects both ears. It can cause severe hearing loss, balance problems, and other complications. The treatment for bilateral Acoustic Neuroma usually involves a combination of surgery and radiation therapy.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Acoustic Neuroma, it’s important to seek medical attention. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

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