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Singer regains her hearing following acoustic neuroma surgery

Ruby Gorcey Biblowitz is a 26-year-old musician whose ability to hear is an absolute necessity for her career. On a regular visit with her physician, she told him that she had to use her phone on the opposite ear because she was having difficulty hearing. She soon found out that the sudden loss of hearing had been caused ...  
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Single-sided deafness in acoustic neuroma patients

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, ...  
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Preventing CSF leak during acoustic neuroma treatment

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 ...  
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Saving face

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 ...  
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A Majestic Recovery: USC alumnus returns to business after acoustic neuroma surgery

Commercial real estate developer Kevin D. McCarthy was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in mid-2014 after noticing sudden hearing loss in his left ear. The USC alumnus researched his options carefully and knew his best chance at preserving his hearing, balance and facial function was to have surgery at the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center, under ...  
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Facial Nerve Functional Preservation

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 ...  
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Search and Rescue: Firefighter’s wife freed from acoustic neuroma at Keck Medicine of USC

Christine House, a mother of two and wife to a New Hampshire firefighter, was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma and had surgery at a prestigious medical center near her home. The surgery was unsuccessful, leading Christine to seek out the best in the field. Her search brought her across the country to Keck Medicine of ...  
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Better Balance

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 ...  
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Hearing Preservation in Acoustic Neuroma

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 ...  
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