Acoustic Neuroma Clinic
At the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Acoustic Neuroma Clinic, we provide treatment of acoustic neuroma, a rare, benign tumor of the balance nerves in the internal auditory canal behind the ear drum, which can only be seen on radiology imaging (CT or MRI).
Acoustic neuroma is typically a very slow growing tumor, approximately 1 to 2 millimeters a year. The most common symptom is hearing loss on one side, but it may also cause symptoms of imbalance, vertigo, and problems with facial function. The cause of acoustic neuroma is unknown, but in some cases, there may be a genetic link. Treatment options for acoustic neuroma are observation, surgery, or radiation treatment.
Your first appointment
At your first appointment, you will meet with a doctor and a nurse practitioner of the acoustic neuroma treatment team. We will review the history of your symptoms, complete a neurotology examination, review your hearing test and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. We will refer you to other members of our treatment team as needed. At this visit and each visit afterward, you will be asked to complete a brief patient questionnaire.
What you need for your first appointment:
- A CD of your most recent MRI scan. You may also have this sent to us electronically.
- Any prior hearing tests, including the most recent hearing test.
If you have films or hearing tests sent to us, please contact us to confirm they are received.
Please visit the Acoustic Neuroma Association website to learn more about acoustic neuroma and to find support.