An avid music lover, Adam turned to the Gamma Knife Center when his acoustic neuroma threatened his hearing.
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Acoustic neuroma (or vestibular schwannoma) is a benign, slow-growing tumor that forms on the vestibulocochlear nerve connecting the brain and the inner ear. Some patients may require surgery to remove the tumor, or use Gamma Knife radiosurgery, to deliver radiation that stops the tumor from growing without harming the surrounding tissue. Treatment for small or slow-growing tumors that cause few or no symptoms may only require monitoring. Your physician can determine the best treatment for you.
Acoustic neuromas are commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 30 and 60. It’s believed that a malfunction of a gene on chromosome 22 is to blame, although why it happens isn’t quite known. In a small number of people, an inherited condition called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) can trigger tumor growth (this condition usually affects both ears).
People with acoustic neuromas may experience:
Since the vestibulocochlear nerve is located in the ear and responsible for hearing and balance—an ear exam and hearing test will be performed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans can also identify acoustic neuromas.
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