In order to make an acoustic neuroma
diagnosis, the doctor will ask a number of questions (medical history), perform a physical exam, and recommend a number of tests or procedures.
Unfortunately, early detection of an acoustic neuroma
is sometimes difficult because the acoustic neuroma symptoms
may be subtle and may not appear in the beginning stages of growth. Also, hearing loss, dizziness, and tinnitus are common symptoms of many middle and inner ear problems.
Diagnosing Acoustic Neuroma: Medical History and Physical Exam
Your doctor will begin by asking you a number of questions about your symptoms, personal history of medical problems, medicines you may be taking, and family history of any medical conditions. He or she will then do a complete physical exam, including looking at the skin, within the ears and eyes and performing a neurological exam.
If your doctor suspects acoustic neuroma, he or she may recommend several tests to help in making an acoustic neuroma diagnosis. These tests for acoustic neuroma
- Hearing test (audiogram)
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans, enhanced with intravenous dye (contrast)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), enhanced with intravenous dye (contrast).
These acoustic neuroma tests are critical in the early detection of an acoustic neuroma and are helpful in determining the location and size of a tumor and in planning its removal.