An acoustic neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour that grows on your acoustic nerve (vestibulocochlear nerve).
Your acoustic nerve controls hearing and balance and feeling and sensation in your face.
Symptoms of an acoustic neuroma can include:
- Balance problems (vertigo)
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus (buzzing or ringing in the ear)
- Facial numbness
Acoustic neuroma are fairly rare and are not usually life threatening. The tumours grow very slowly and in some cases may not cause any symptoms. If your GP suspects you have an acoustic neuroma you may be referred for formal diagnosis.
It can be difficult to diagnose acoustic neuroma as the symptoms develop very slowly and can be a result of other illnesses. Your consultant will perform a complete examination. They may order several tests to confirm the diagnosis such as:
- Hearing test
- Neurological tests see if your brain, spinal cord or nerves are being affected
- CT scan
- MRI scan
There are several treatments for acoustic neuroma. Our experienced Consultants can confirm your diagnosis and (if indicated) discuss treatment options with you.