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Acoustic Neuromas

An acoustic neuroma, also called a vestibular schwannoma, is a non-cancerous tumor of the auditory nerve in your inner ear. These slow-growing tumors can press on your auditory nerve, affecting your hearing and balance. In rare cases, acoustic neuromas can get particularly large and can press on your facial nerve or on parts of your brain. This can be life-threatening.

Patients with acoustic neuromas need care from multiple specialists to achieve the best possible outcomes. At Northwestern Medicine, our specialists work together to provide a comprehensive assessment. Then, they tailor a treatment plan for your needs.

Northwestern Medicine is committed to improving your quality of life by helping you manage your disease. That’s why we offer the full range of treatment options, including rehabilitation. Our goal is to help you maintain your facial nerve function and save as much hearing as possible.

You may benefit from a consultation at Northwestern Medicine if:

  • You have recently been diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma
  • You require follow-up care after initial treatment
  • Your tumor is growing after earlier radiation therapy
  • You want a second opinion on your diagnosis or treatment options, particularly before finalizing a treatment decision


Acoustic neuroma treatment aims to maintain your facial nerve function and save as much hearing as possible. Your treatment will depend on your age, health and tolerance for various treatments.

Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

  • Nationally recognized programs: Northwestern Memorial Hospital is proud to have several top-ranked specialty programs in the nation, per U.S. News & World Report, 2023 – 2024, including programs for:
    • Ear, nose and throat care
    • Cancer care
    • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Dedicated team: At the heart of our success is a compassionate team that includes:
    • Neuro-otologists
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists)
    • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Personalized treatment plans. Our specialists collaborate to provide a comprehensive assessment, then tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs.
  • Surgical expertise: Neuro-otologists and neurosurgeons at Northwestern Medicine are experts in treating acoustic neuromas. Our goal is to help you maintain your facial nerve function and save as much hearing as possible.
  • Acoustic Neuroma Association: Northwestern Medicine works closely with the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA), a resource for people with acoustic neuroma.
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment: At Northwestern Medicine, you will have access to many of the latest imaging and diagnostic tools available, as well as advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. We also offer rehabilitation to alleviate issues caused by acoustic neuroma.
  • Clinical research: Through Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, you will have access to groundbreaking therapies, including clinical trials and treatments that are not widely available.
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