Brain Tumor Care > Acoustic Neuroma
A trusted team approach for over 30 years
Each year we treat more than 160 patients with acoustic neuroma or neurofibromatosis (NF-2). By collaborating with major health systems throughout the region, we offer all available treatment options: surgery, radiosurgery, and watch-and-wait (observation), as well as balance and facial restoration treatments.
We discuss all acoustic neuroma cases with your hospital's multidisciplinary tumor board, a team of specialists that includes neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, otologists, otolaryngologists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. Together, we share our opinions and then synthesize them into a recommended treatment strategy for you.
Advances in technology give Mayfield neurosurgeons unprecedented access to acoustic neuroma tumors, while allowing us to operate without harming delicate structures and cranial nerves. Radiation technologies like Gamma Knife allow us to treat some acoustic neuromas without making any incision at all. We seek to eliminate as much tumor as possible while preserving neurologic function, including hearing and the function of the facial nerve.
About acoustic neuromas
An acoustic neuroma is a tumor that grows from the nerves responsible for balance and hearing. These tumors grow from the sheath covering the vestibulocochlear nerve. Acoustic neuromas are benign (not cancer) and usually grow slowly. Over time the tumor can cause gradual hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness. Because of their slow growth, not all acoustic neuromas need to be treated. Treatment options include observation, surgery, and radiosurgery.
- Acoustic neuroma overview
- Suboccipital surgery for acoustic neuroma
- Gamma Knife radiosurgery (framed)
- Q&A: Should you watch and wait?