Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
A vestibular schwannoma (formerly known as an acoustic neuroma) is a rare, non-cancerous tumor in the inner ear that presses on the nerves of the inner ear.
- Hearing loss
- Balance dysfunction
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Diagnosis and Treatment
Vestibular schwannomas are diagnosed by assessing a patient’s history (symptom course), physical examination, hearing tests and an MRI. Treatment options include observation with repeated MRI imaging, surgery or radiation therapy, depending on the size and severity of the tumor.
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Did you know?
Mass Eye and Ear is one of the highest-volume vestibular schwannoma centers in the country.
These tumors are benign, but can grow to a large, life-threatening size. In general, these tumors are very slow growing (1 to 2 millimeters per year) and some tumors do not grow at all or remain stable in size for years.
These tumors present in two different ways: Sporadic vestibular schwannoma (affects only one ear) and bilateral vestibular schwannomas (present in both ears, also known as neurofibromatosis type 2).