An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the balance nerve between the inner ear and the brain. It grows slowly over a period of years. Although they do not invade the brain, they can push on it as they grow causing damage. Some symptoms for acoustic neuroma gradual hearing loss in one ear, tinnitus, vertigo, balance problems, facial weakness, difficulty swallowing and hoarseness, headaches, confusion, and clumsiness.
Treatment options depend on your age, size of the tumor and whether or not it is growing, the severity of your symptoms, and any other medical conditions you may have. The different options include:
Surgery for acoustic neuromas may involve removing all or part of the tumor. There are three main approaches: