|Acoustic Neuroma (swelling of 8th nerve, just under Facial nerve)
Timothy C. Hain, MD • Page last modified:
September 2, 2019
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- 1. Acoustic neuromas are a rare cause of unilateral hearing loss, dizziness, as
well as other symptoms related to the brain.
- 2. The best tests to diagnose acoustic neuroma are audiometry (hearing testing)
and MRI scanning of the head with gadolinium contrast.
- 3. About half of all acoustic neuromas are treated by surgery, about a quarter
with radiation (this is increasing), and about a quarter are watched.
- 4. No matter what method of treatment is used, hearing preservation is very unlikely.