Our experts see patients with conditions or symptoms that include:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Facial paralysis
- Difficulty in balancing
Acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing benign tumor that occurs in the internal auditory canal. Left unchecked, this tumor is life threatening and may eventually press against the brainstem.
UI Hospitals and Clinics is one of the few centers nationwide with an excellent record for the successful removal of acoustic neuromas without causing significant facial paralysis or hearing loss.
In some cases it is possible to treat an acoustic neuroma with radiation therapy, but the most preferred method is microsurgery. This delicate procedure involves removing the tumor while keeping as much of the surrounding nerve tissue to prevent hearing loss or facial paralysis.