Hearing loss is common among patients with acoustic neuromas. Severe hearing loss may present as a result of the tumor itself or its treatment. Patients with single-sided deafness can experience significant difficulty hearing in noisy environments and determining the direction in which sounds come from. At times, they may experience tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, Read more
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The multidisciplinary team at the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center at Keck Medical Center of USC has the experience and capability to make swift diagnoses and clinical decisions regarding rare complications, in order to optimize the outcomes for our patients. One particular complication our team has expertise with is the complex technique used to prevent cerebrospinal Read more
Unfortunately, some acoustic neuroma patients come to us with a tumor that has impacted their facial nerve. Our patients have access to a multidisciplinary facial nerve clinic as part of the world-class care offered at the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center at Keck Medical Center of USC. Some patients who come to Keck Medical Center of Read more
In the early 1900s until about the mid 1960s, facial nerve preservation was not even a consideration in the treatment of acoustic neuroma. This was due in large part to late diagnosis. Now, facial nerve functional preservation is a priority with the assistance of wonderful imaging technology, a greater awareness among patients and doctors, and Read more
Balance, or a state of equilibrium, is achieved by accurate organization of sensory input from our visual system, special sensation from our muscles, tendons, joints (proprioception) and our balance organ (the vestibular system in the inner ear). The sensory information is processed by different parts of the brain to keep our vision and body stable Read more
At the turn of the 1900s, treatment for acoustic neuroma was primarily surgical and often complicated. Surgery was complicated by the lack of advanced imaging that today allows for early detection. Although surgical treatment was life-saving, it provided little opportunity to preserve facial function or hearing in patients. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), microsurgical technologies Read more