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Acoustic Neuromas / Vestibular Schwannomas

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Symptoms of an Acoustic Neuroma

Since an acoustic neuroma develops near the vestibular and cochlear nerves, symptoms are usually related to balance and hearing. Common early symptoms of an acoustic neuroma include:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing loss
  • Balance problems or vertigo

As the tumor grows, it affects other facial nerves and brain structures and may cause:

  • Headache
  • Facial numbness
  • Vision changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness on one side of the body

Because these symptoms can appear with or like other conditions, it is important to be seen by a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. If left untreated, even a non-cancerous acoustic neuroma can grow and cause nerve damage and hearing loss.

The neurosurgeons of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center have advanced training and expertise in treating acoustic neuromas, with excellent outcomes. Find out more about the Doctors Who Treat Acoustic Neuromas.

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Reviewed by: Rupa Gopalan Juthani, M.D.
Last reviewed/last updated: October 2019