Acoustic neuroma is a rare, usually slow-growing tumor of the inner ear, specifically of the eighth cranial nerve that connects the ear to the brain and controls hearing and balance.
Although they are usually benign, untreated acoustic neuromas can grow and press on the facial nerve or structures of the brain, causing symptoms. These symptoms can mimic those of other conditions, which is why it’s important to get a physician’s diagnosis.
The Johns Hopkins Acoustic Neuroma Center is part of one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world, offering you exceptional expertise in diagnosis and treatment of these tumors.
Johns Hopkins offers a specialized team within the Brain Tumor Center for the treatment of acoustic neuromas. To request an appointment, please call 410-955-6406.
Acoustic Neuroma | Ted's Story
Ted Klitus was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma — also known as a vestibular schwannoma — and turned to Johns Hopkins to have the tumor removed. Ted’s biggest concern was damage to the facial nerve, a potential side effect of the operation. With surgery led by neurosurgeon Michael Lim, M.D., Ted got back to his life and work, with his smile intact. Read his story.
What You Need to Know
- Acoustic neuroma is also called vestibular schwannoma, neurinoma, or neurilemmoma.
- These tumors are characterized by an overgrowth of Schwann cells that normally wrap around and support nerve fibers.
- A growing acoustic neuroma may cause these symptoms:
- The condition is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 60, and people with neurofibromatosis type 2.
Learn more about acoustic neuroma in our Health Library.
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of acoustic neuroma?
The Acoustic Neuroma Center’s team offers a range of non-surgical and surgical options, as well as newer and minimally invasive procedures such as keyhole brain surgery and translabyrinthine craniotomy.