What is an Acoustic Neuroma?

An acoustic neuroma is a benign overgrowth of Schwann cells that form a tumor on nerve branches in the inner ear, causing serious complications. Schwann cells wrap around and support the nerves. When too many Schwann cells are produced, an acoustic neroma forms on the branches of the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve connects from the inner ear to the brain, playing an important role in hearing and balance. 

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What are the Symptoms of an Acoustic Neuroma?

An acoustic neuroma causes a number of concerning symptoms, including the following:

  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Unsteadiness
  • Vertigo and balance problems
  • A full feeling or pressure in the ear
  • Numbness in the face
  • Headaches
  • Problems with swallowing
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How is an Acoustic Neuroma Treated?

An acoustic neuroma requires surgery to remove it. Surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the size of the tumor and other factors, the tumor will be carefully removed through the inner ear or through a window in the skull. 

An acoustic neuroma surgery must be carefully performed to remove the tumor without damaging the facial nerve. If the tumor is too near the facial nerve or parts of the brain, it may not be able to be safely removed in its entirety. In this case, Gamma Knife radiosurgery can be used as an additional step to help stop or slow the growth of the remaining parts of the tumor.

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

If the tumor is small enough and the rate of growth is not aggressive, Gamma Knife radiosurgery slows or stops the growth of the tumor. Gamma Knife radiosurgery may also be performed as an additional procedure to help prevent a regrowth of the tumor. 

After Gamma Knife radiosurgery, you may return home a few hours after the procedure is complete. Expect nausea or headaches for 1-2 days. Once these symptoms pass, you will be able to return to work and continue with your usual activities.

Recovery After Acoustic Neuroma Surgery

Patients will need to stay in the hospital for several days to recover under observation after acoustic neuroma surgery. Once patients return home, they will need two weeks of downtime to rest and recuperate, after which the sutures and staples will be removed. Patients will return to work and continue their usual activities and exercise after 4-6 weeks.

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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists provides comprehensive ENT care for all your concerns and conditions. With 15 convenient locations across the greater Houston area, we’re always here when you need us. We pride ourselves on our:

Personalized Treatment

All of your services and treatments will be customized to fit your specific needs. We know that each patient is unique — and your treatment should be, too.

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Each of our locations has providers who are board-certified and fellowship-trained, so you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands.

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Our locations are equipped with the latest technology so that we can provide thorough care and deliver a seamless patient experience.

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Our goal is always long-term relief. We provide treatments with this goal always at the forefront.

Who is a Candidate for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery?

Patients who are suffering from an acoustic neuroma are candidates for surgery. Ideal candidates for acoustic neuroma surgery meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have no serious medical concerns
  • Have hearing loss, balance problems, ear pain, and other symptoms
  • Have a large or growing acoustic neuroma 
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Why Choose Texas ENT Specialists for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery?

Texas ENT Specialists proudly offers comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care to patients throughout the state. Texas ENT Specialists has been improving the quality of life for patients for more than 20 years. Our 15 locations are each staffed with board-certified ENT specialists and surgeons dedicated to providing outstanding, patient-centric care. Call today to find out more about acoustic neuroma surgery at Texas ENT Specialists.

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