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Acoustic Neuroma Program

The Rush Acoustic Neuroma Program is the only dedicated acoustic neuroma program in the Chicago area. It offers personalized specialty care for patients with acoustic neuroma, a benign, often slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear and the brain. Also known as a vestibular schwannoma, the tumor can damage important nerves as it grows, potentially affecting hearing and balance.

Trusted experts

The program brings together a team of highly skilled specialists — including neurotologists (a subspecialty within ENT), neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, audiologists, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

These experts have extensive experience managing these rare tumors and are committed to improving patients' quality of life.

We work with you

Because of the complex nature of acoustic neuromas, Rush offers a team-based approach to evaluation and treatment. The team collaborates to provide you a comprehensive assessment with advanced options.

We offer a full range of treatments, and each treatment plan is customized for the patient. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about management of the tumor and, when needed, rehabilitation for hearing loss.

When to schedule an appointment

Many patients with acoustic neuroma are initially treated with radiation when they should instead be watched. Others are given radiation for tumors that are too large for the therapy to be effective, and the tumors continue to grow.

In both cases, surgery to remove the tumor becomes more challenging, and the results are not as good.

That's why it's important to consult with an acoustic neuroma specialist to learn about all of your options before you start any type of treatment. Because our team offers every available treatment option for acoustic neuroma, we can help you get the appropriate treatment at the right time.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation with us:

  • If you have been newly diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma
  • If you need follow-up care after initial treatment
  • If your tumor is growing after prior radiation therapy
  • If you're seeking a second opinion about either your diagnosis or treatment options, especially before you decide on a treatment

Colette had a small acoustic neuroma that was causing severe vertigo, so she turned to specialist

Tony Lew was told he had two options for treating the acoustic neuroma behind his ear: radiation

R. Mark Wiet, MD, is director of the Acoustic Neuroma Program at Rush.