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Acoustic Neuroma

Our Approach

MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center offers customized care for patients with acoustic neuroma. Your personal team of renowned experts works together closely, communicating and collaborating with each other and you, to ensure seamless, coordinated care.

Because they are uncommon and complex, acoustic neuroma demand attention from a highly skilled, diverse group of specialists. The physicians and other professionals at MD Anderson have a remarkable level of experience and expertise in treating acoustic neuroma.

Comprehensive Care

Acoustic neuroma or its treatment can cause hearing loss. MD Anderson’s comprehensive Audiology Service helps evaluate and manage this issue. Rehabilitation services include conventional hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) or  contralateral routing of sound hearing aids (CROS).

Occasionally patients develop additional challenges after treatment for acoustic neuroma, such as facial paralysis or imbalance. Consulting physicians in ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and rehabilitation medicine are available to help manage these issues.

In addition, many other experts may be part of your team, including:

  • Oculoplastic surgeons for management of eye complications
  • Physical therapists for balance problems
  • Speech and swallowing experts

Personalized Treatment

Bilateral acoustic neuroma is a sign of a rare inherited disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). We offer complete genetic testing and counseling to help determine your risk.

As one of the nation’s top research institutions, MD Anderson is investigating new ways to treat acoustic neuroma, especially for patients with NF2.

And at MD Anderson you’re surrounded by the strength of one of the nation’s largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Team approach to complex disorder
  • High level of experience with acoustic neuroma
  • Comprehensive, coordinated care for acoustic neuroma
  • Most advanced treatments, including surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Full range of professional services including audiology, speech and swallowing

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Acoustic Neuroma Facts

Acoustic neuroma is a benign (not cancerous) tumor. Although called acoustic neuroma, they are not tumors of the acoustic nerve. They begin in the Schwann cells of the vestibular nerve, which is associated with balance.

It is estimated that only one person in every 100,000 in the United States is diagnosed with acoustic neuroma each year. While they can develop at almost any age, acoustic neuroma most commonly occur between 40 and 50.

Recent studies have shown that more cases of acoustic neuroma are being diagnosed. This may be due partly to advances in MRI scanning.

The tumors usually grow slowly and do not spread through the body. They generally affect hearing, balance and facial nerves. Although acoustic neuroma is not cancer, tumors can be dangerous if they grow large and press against the brainstem or brain.

If you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, it is important to be seen by expert doctors. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.


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