Acoustic Neuroma

After Melissa De La O was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma — 30 years after her father had the same type of tumor — UC San Diego Health specialists performed microsurgery that saved her hearing.

 

Acoustic neuroma is a rare, noncancerous tumor that develops on the main nerve connecting the ear to the brain. The tumor grows slowly and presses on the hearing and balance nerves in the inner ear. This pressure can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear and loss of balance.

Acoustic neuroma is also called a vestibular schwannoma, as it is caused by the overproduction of Schwann cells in the nervous system.

At UC San Diego Health, we focus on compassionate, comprehensive care for patients with acoustic neuroma. Starting with the first phone call and extending through all aspects of care, our dedicated patient navigator eases you through the process and our expert team is ready to help you achieve the best outcome possible.

Learn about treatment options for acoustic neuroma

Our program offers patients several advantages:

  • Reduced operative time and a shorter length of stay in the hospital (2 to 3 days; 9-10 days total in San Diego), which is especially helpful to our many patients who travel to San Diego for their treatment
  • Reduced complications and readmissions
  • High success rate of hearing preservation in middle fossa candidates
  • Comprehensive services in one location, including:
  • Jacob Medical Center

    Jacobs Medical Center

Our Acoustic Neuroma Team

Led by Drs. Rick Friedman, MD, PhD, and Marc Schwartz, MD, our multidisciplinary team of specialists and researchers work in concert to advance treatment options and deliver exceptional care. Our physicians and surgeons are internationally recognized for their expertise and bring many years of experience in clinical care, clinical management, teaching and research to advance the treatment of acoustic neuroma.

This care team includes experts in the fields of otology, neurotology, otolaryngology, neurology, radiology, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology and neurosurgery. They are joined by specially trained nurses, therapists, medical assistants and treatment coordinators.