I appreciated that Dr. DeMonte told it like it was, gave me my options and then shared his advice. I was never pressured one way or another, and the decision was mine.
The physicians and other professionals at MD Anderson have a remarkable level of experience and expertise in treating acoustic neuroma.
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
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.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about acoustic neuroma, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
did you know?
Acoustic neuroma is also known as schwannoma, a group of benign tumors that affect the coverings of nerves.
Even when Shannon Long found out that she had an acoustic neuroma, a type of benign brain tumor, her gratitude never wavered.
“I was so thankful that it was me and not somebody else in my family,” she says.
Shannon’s ear had felt stopped up for months, but she didn’t think much of it until she picked up her work phone one day in 2013 and couldn’t hear the dial tone. An MRI showed a large brain tumor was pressing against...