An acoustic neuroma is a benign brain tumor that arises from the nerve responsible for balance, the vestibular nerve. Being benign means the tumor will not spread to another site of the body. However, it can still cause unpleasant effects and require treatment if it impinges on nearby tissues. If your doctor has recommended treatment for your acoustic neuroma, there are generally two options. The first approach is traditional surgery, and the second is Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Read the full post to learn more about both treatment options.