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An acoustic neuroma is a growth (tumour) on the nerve to the inner ear. It does not turn into cancer. But it can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness. A large acoustic neuroma can press on the brain and become life-threatening.
Acoustic neuromas usually grow very slowly. They are most common in people between the ages of 30 and 60.
Your doctor may want to watch a small neuroma to see how fast it grows. You may get regular tests to watch its growth. Neuromas that cause problems may be treated with radiation or surgery. An acoustic neuroma that is removed does not usually grow back.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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