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What Is Acoustic Neuroma? Understand Your Disease

Acoustic Neuroma is a benign and often slow-progressing tumor that develops on the nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain. Pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause permanent complications, including hearing loss, facial numbness, and difficulties with balance. If any benign tumors become large enough, they can push towards the brainstem or cerebellum, causing death.

Acoustic Neuromas We Treat at New Hope Unlimited

Also known as vestibular schwannoma, this noncancerous growth has two kinds:

Unilateral acoustic neuroma

This type of acoustic neuroma is most common and affects only one ear. It can develop at any age but occurs more often in people between the ages of 30 and 60.

Bilateral acoustic neuroma

Bilateral acoustic neuroma affects both ears. It is usually the result of a rare genetic problem called neurofibromatosis-2 (NF2).

Acoustic Neuroma Symptoms

Most acoustic neuromas take years before becoming large enough to show symptoms. However, as one or more tumors grow, they can press against the hearing and balance nerves to cause:

  • Gradual or sudden loss of hearing
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Headaches, dizziness, clumsiness, and mental confusion
  • Facial numbness and tingling
  • Paralysis of a facial nerve

It is important to consider that acoustic neuroma symptoms may resemble other health problems or conditions. Always consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

Acoustic Neuroma Risk Factors and Prevention

A known risk factor for acoustic neuroma is exposure to high doses of radiation, particularly to the head and neck. Constant exposure to loud sounds, including music or work-related noises, may also cause acoustic neuroma. However, further studies are necessary to support the latter.

Any child of a parent with a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) has a 50% chance of having the condition. Therefore, preventing acoustic neuroma is not possible due to the nature of the disease. Avoiding conception is the only means to deter acoustic neuroma related to NF2 in future generations.

Detection and Diagnosis

Diagnosing acoustic neuroma usually begins with your medical history and a physical exam. Since the symptoms are similar to those of middle ear infections, it can be difficult to diagnose. Ear exams, hearing tests, and MRI scans can further determine if you have benign growths in your eighth cranial nerve.

Acoustic Neuroma Alternative Treatments

Small tumors may be harmless enough to need only regular checkups with your doctor. If treatment is necessary, New Hope Unlimited is committed to restoring your body’s healthy and disease-free condition. Our medical and scientific professionals have devoted years to developing alternative cancer treatment strategies that strengthen and regenerate the body. We also understand that treating your illness is only half the work. Hence, our protocols involve mending your emotional and spiritual well-being to return your mind and body to its healthy condition.

Acoustic Neuroma Misconceptions

Since acoustic neuroma is almost unknown compared to some cancers, it is subject to many myths and misconceptions, including:

1. Acoustic neuroma is cancerous

Acoustic neuroma is a benign or noncancerous growth, meaning there are no malignant cells that can attack nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body.

2. Since acoustic neuroma is not cancerous, it is not fatal

Although acoustic neuroma may develop slowly over a period of years, it can grow large enough to push against the brain and become life-threatening.

3. Acoustic neuroma is uncommon

About 3.5 out of every 100,000 people develop acoustic neuroma, and 5,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. This increase is due to advances in MRI scanning, which allow for more accurate diagnoses.

Our Promise

  • Advanced Cancer Treatments
  • Top-Rated Physicians
  • Personal Care
  • Patient Satisfaction

Our Medical Facilities

At New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones. To make our patients feel right at home, each private ward is equipped with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest medical supplies and technology to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use. Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group comprised of certified physicians and specialists committed to our patients’ care and well-being.


1. What will my acoustic neuroma treatment plan include?

Your treatment program will be tailored to your specific needs. It may include Nutrient Supplementation, Immune Enhancement, as well as additional treatments like blood work or metal toxicity assessment, among others.

2. Can alternative treatments restore hearing loss?

Early diagnosis is key to preventing loss of hearing. If acoustic neuroma impairs your ability to hear, New Hope can recommend the best audiologists to provide you a hearing aid, demonstrate how it works, and offer follow-up counseling.

3. Is acoustic neuroma always the cause of sudden hearing loss?

Although sudden hearing loss can be a sign of acoustic neuroma, it may also be an indication of severe damage to the inner ear. Consult your physician to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.


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