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What Is Acoustic Neuroma?

An acoustic neuroma is a benign, usually slow-growing tumor that develops from certain nerves in the inner ear. As an acoustic neuroma develops, it presses against the nerves related to balance and hearing, which can result in:
 
  • One-sided or high-tone hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with balance.
     
There are certain risk factors that may increase the chances of developing this tumor, including a person's age and a family history of neurofibromatosis type 2.
 
Acoustic neuromas, like other forms of tumors, can be treated with surgery or radiation therapy.
 
(Click Acoustic Neuroma for a more in-depth explanation of what an acoustic neuroma is, including detailed information about the different forms of acoustic neuroma, other potential symptoms, and ways to detect the tumor.)
 

What Is Acoustic Neuroma?

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