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MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center offers customized care for patients with acoustic neuroma. Because they are uncommon and complex, acoustic neuromas demand attention from a highly skilled, diverse group of specialists.

MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center offers customized care for patients with acoustic neuroma. Because they are uncommon and complex, acoustic neuromas demand attention from a highly skilled, diverse group of specialists.

Neurosurgeon Franco DeMonte, M.D., operates on an acoustic neuroma patient.

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.

Paula Johnson

Survivor

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.

Facts

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.

Acoustic neuroma facts

did you know?

Acoustic neuroma is also known as schwannoma, a group of benign tumors that affect the coverings of nerves.  

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Acoustic neuroma symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Acoustic neuroma diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for acoustic neuroma based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Acoustic neuroma treatment 

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about acoustic neuroma in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

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...