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What is an acoustic neuroma?

Acoustic neuromas can also be called cerebellopontine angle tumors, as well as vestibular or acoustic schwannomas. The vestibular (balance) nerve runs from the inner ear to the brain. An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that slowly grows on this nerve. Most of the time, the tumor occurs in only one ear. Because this tumor can also press on the cochlear (hearing) nerve, you might not be able to hear as well and you may have tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing noise). People with acoustic neuromas can also have problems with dizziness, vision, and balance. If the tumor is large, it may cause weakness and/or numbness of the face.

How can physical therapy help if I have not had surgery?

Physical therapy will not make the tumor go away or decrease its size. A physical therapist will teach you exercises to help decrease dizziness and imbalance, and will teach you about strategies to prevent falls. If you plan on having surgery, the therapist will teach you what to expect as well as exercises that you can do after surgery that can speed up your recovery.


Find the complete article written by Lisa Farrell, PT, PhD please click HERE.


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