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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Overview)

A benign, noncancerous tumor that grows at the base of the brain. The most common symptom is hearing loss, often noticed on the telephone. Hearing tests and MRI are used for diagnosis.


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What are the tests for acoustic neuroma?

What are the tests for acoustic neuroma?

Mri: Audiograms with differ ence in hearing between ears may require further evaluation, but MRI scan with contrast material remins gold standard for diagnosis of acoustic neuroma some centers may have "stacked abr" testing but not widely available.

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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Overview)

A benign, noncancerous tumor that grows at the base of the brain. The most common symptom is hearing loss, often noticed on the telephone. Hearing tests and MRI are used for diagnosis.


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What is the treatment for acoustic neuroma?

Several: Acoustic neuromas are treated with observation, surgery or radiation, depending on the tumors size, the patients symptoms, and the age of the patient.

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What sort of problem is an acoustic neuroma?

Brain tumor: An acoustic neuroma is an benign tumor of the auditory nerve, located in the auditory canal. They are relatively rare. Early symptoms include hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and vertigo. These tumors grow very slowly, and are treated with surgery or with radiation only if hearing is affected.

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How do doctors diagnose acoustic neuroma?

Function/Imaging: Modalities can typically be divided into two categories: 1.) imaging - ct or MRI (with contrast) can be used to visualize tumors in detail. 2.) functional tests - audiometry and brainstem auditory evoked responses assess the integrity of the vestibulocochlear cranial nerve by analyzing how the brain responses to test sounds.

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What are the tests for acoustic neuroma?

Mri: Audiograms with differ ence in hearing between ears may require further evaluation, but MRI scan with contrast material remins gold standard for diagnosis of acoustic neuroma some centers may have "stacked abr" testing but not widely available.

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I'm worried about unilateral tinnitus. I know acoustic neuroma often causes this, but how common is acoustic neuroma among people w/unilat tinnitus?

I'm worried about unilateral tinnitus. I know acoustic neuroma often causes this, but how common is acoustic neuroma among people w/unilat tinnitus?

So common: Tinnitus is so common! Can be unilateral, too. The vast majority of those with tinnitus do not have an acoustic neuroma. An MRI (high resolution cuts with contrast) can usually eliminate the possibility.

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes acoustic neuromas?

Unknown: It is not known what causes acoustic neuromas. There certainly are some syndromes like neurofibromatosis type ii where there are known genetic alterations that may lead to the bilateral acoustic neuromas.

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My doc says I've got acoustic neuroma. What does this mean?

8th CN tumor: An acoustic neuroma is a tumor of the eighth cranial nerve, the nerve that subserves hearing and balance. These tumors are usually nonmalignant. They can be associated with other conditions (neurofibromatosis), a thorough physical examination including a black lite exam is needed. Early surgical removal is advised as facial nerve function can be preserved. See my previous answer on acoustic neuroma.

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What's the safest way to treat acoustic neuroma?

Neuroma: There is a facility in new york, they are using radiofrequency therapy with good results in treating acoutic neuroma, this is a very difficult tumor to surgically remove but in good hands the results are good.

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How is acoustic neuroma treated?

Several ways: Acoustic neuromas may be treated by observation, surgery, or radiation. The choice of treatment is based on the size of tumor, the presenting symptoms and the age of the patient.

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What is the treatment for acoustic neuroma?

Several: Acoustic neuromas are treated with observation, surgery or radiation, depending on the tumors size, the patients symptoms, and the age of the patient.

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What are the treatments for acoustic neuroma?

What are the treatments for acoustic neuroma?

See neurotologist: Acoustic neuromas are benign rumors that may be trusted with observation, surgery or radiation depending on patients age, size of tumor and amount of hearing present in affected ear.

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What is the best diet to go on after an acoustic neuroma tumor operation?

Acoustic neuroma: No special diet needed or known to "prevent" acoustic. Ear a balanced diet, lean proteins, carbs from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats. Look up something under "mediterranean " diet for guidance.

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What is acoustic neuroma?

Balance nerve tumor: "acoustic neuroma" is actually a double misnomer: it is neither from the acoustic nerve nor is it a neuroma. It is actually a vestibular schwannoma: a benign tumor of the schwan cells (cells that wrap around and insulate nerves), not of the nerve itself, that grows off of / around the vestibular nerve, the nerve for balance, rather than the acoustic nerve or nerve of hearing.

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Acoustic neuroma testing?

Hearing tests: Almost all acoustic neuromas are associated with hearing loss, but other neurological signs may be found on exam, including problems with gait, facial sensation, and double vision. Diagnosis can be confirmed, or excluded, by careful MRI films of the base of the brain.

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Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Get checked out: Acoustic neuromas almost never cause pain.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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