Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

Vestibular Schwannoma

Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

Vestibular Schwannoma, also known as Acoustic Neuroma, is a slow growing tumour arising from the vestibular nerve in the brain. It can be part of a hereditary syndrome known as Neurofibromatosis Type II or can arise de-novo. It can present with:
  • Gradual hearing loss
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Persistent unilateral tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Headaches, vomiting and visual disturbances ( in large tumours)


Treatment for each tumour is tailored according to the extent of the tumour, hearing loss level and patient profile. There is no one size- fits-all solution. In addition, patients with Neurofibromatosis Type II have a treatment strategy for their vestibular schwanommas.
Treatment methods:
  • Observation and interval scans
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Lateral Skull base Surgery
  • Rehabilitation of hearing post-treatment
  • VEGFR inhibitors for Neurofibromatosis Type II

Adult ENT