Making a Diagnosis
Making an accurate acoustic neuroma diagnosis
requires the taking of a medical history, a physical examination, and a neurological exam. If the doctor suspects that a person has an acoustic neuroma
, he or she may recommend several other tests to help in the diagnosis. These can include a hearing test, a CT scan, or MRI. The results of these tests can help the healthcare provider diagnose the condition and plan appropriate treatment.
Treatment for an acoustic neuroma can include:
- Surgical removal
- Watchful waiting.
Together with your doctor, you can plan the treatment that is best for you. After receiving acoustic neuroma treatment, proper follow-up care is needed to ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated, if necessary.
Surgery for Acoustic Neuromas
Surgery is the most common treatment for an acoustic neuroma. The exact type of surgery that the doctor recommends will depend on the size and location of the tumor and the level of hearing in the affected ear. The goal of acoustic neuroma surgery
is to maintain hearing while removing the entire tumor -- but in the case of larger tumors, a person's hearing may be affected by the surgery. Alternatives to surgery include radiation therapy and watchful waiting.
Recovering From Acoustic Neuroma Surgery
Recovering from this type of surgery usually requires four to six days in the hospital. The length of your acoustic neuroma surgery recovery
will depend on a few different factors. As you leave the hospital to continue your recovery at home, your healthcare providers will discuss any symptoms that require immediate medical attention.