An acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumor. It grows on the acoustic nerve, which runs from the brain to the ear. This type of tumor typically grows slowly. It may cause hearing loss, balance problems, facial numbness, and headaches.

The Acoustic Nerve
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There are three main treatment options for an acoustic neuroma:

This fact sheet focuses on microsurgical removal.

  • Tumor is growing
  • Concern that tumor size may become life-threatening
  • Tumor is causing hearing problems

A successful procedure results in complete removal of the tumor with minimal additional hearing loss.