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KU Acoustic Neuroma Program offers a multidisciplinary team of experts to approach acoustic neuromas, also called vestibular schwannomas.
Acoustic Neuroma, also known as neurinoma or vestibular schwannoma, is a tumor arising from the vesibulocochlear nerve inside the inner ear. The vestibulocochlear nerve is responsible for hearing and balance. This tumor is considered benign (non-cancerous). However, it is located deep within the skull base and can press against vital structures leading to neurologic dysfunction, which can become life-threatening.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe including loss of hearing in one ear, ringing of the ear (tinnitius), loss of balance, dizziness, and other symptoms. These symptoms may be present with other medical conditions as well and therefore your physician must perform the proper diagnostic evaluation to establish the appropriate diagnosis.
At the KU Acoustic Neuroma Program, the multidisciplinary team looks at each case in great detail to determine the ideal way to treat these tumors. Treatment can include surgery and/or radiation therapy. Surgery can be done through a variety of approaches including the translabyrinthine approach, retro-sigmoid approach, and the middle fossa approach. The configuration of the tumor helps surgeons at KU Medical Center decide on the best-suited approach. For small tumors that are found incidentally, KU acoustic neuroma team will discuss with you the option of holding off on treatment and following the tumor with regular interval MRI scans and audiograms.