Did you know an acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumour growing on the vestibular nerve? This nerve connects the inner ear to the brain and can affect balance and hearing. An acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ear ringing, and balance problems if left untreated. People also refer to it as vestibular schwannoma.
The tumour develops from Schwann cells that cover the vestibular nerve. While it usually grows slowly, in rare cases, it can increase and cause pressure on the brain, affecting vital functions.
Fortunately, several treatment options for an acoustic neuroma are available, including monitoring, radiation, and surgical removal. Discussing these options with your doctor to determine the best course of action for your case is essential.