Acoustic neuroma care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat and hearing surgeons (neuro-otologists), neurologists, and neurosurgeons work with doctors trained in brain and nervous system tumor treatment (neuro-oncologists), radiation therapy (radiation oncologists), imaging (radiologists), and other areas to evaluate and treat your condition. Hearing specialists (audiologists), physical therapists and other specialists also may be involved in your care.

People with acoustic neuroma at Mayo Clinic experience:

  • An individualized experience. Mayo Clinic specialists are available under one roof and take the time to listen and respond to each person's individual symptoms and condition. This results in a more accurate diagnosis and detailed itinerary for each individual.
  • Advanced imaging studies. MRIs and other types of imaging are crucial to effective treatment. Mayo Clinic neuroradiologists devote their careers to evaluating nervous system conditions. This deep experience results in more accurate imaging and interpretation.
  • Expert treatment. Mayo Clinic doctors treat acoustic neuromas with several approaches, including observation, stereotactic radiosurgery, hearing preservation surgery and nonhearing preservation surgery. Nonhearing preservation surgery is performed when the tumor has already permanently damaged most of the hearing in the affected ear. More than 450 brain stereotactic radiosurgeries are performed annually at Mayo Clinic.

    Mayo Clinic specialists have pioneered many surgical techniques for acoustic neuroma and other types of peripheral nerve tumors and offer highly specialized care.

  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers are constantly looking for ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuroma and other neurological conditions. You may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial as part of your treatment at Mayo Clinic.

    Current research topics include investigating the genetic causes of acoustic neuroma and its growth as well as a long-term study of quality-of-life issues affecting people with acoustic neuroma.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, and is ranked among the top hospitals for cancer. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery. With the emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all campuses.

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Mayo Clinic researchers are constantly looking for ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuroma and other neurological conditions.

Expertise and rankings

Experience

Mayo Clinic experts have extensive expertise diagnosing and treating acoustic neuroma and care for about 800 people a year with acoustic neuroma.

Advanced technology

Mayo Clinic doctors use the latest tools and techniques to treat acoustic neuroma, including stereotactic radiosurgery and other innovative technologies.

For example, Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons are among the first to use an advanced form of brain tumor imaging called magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), which was invented at Mayo Clinic, with related slip interface imaging. Together, this combination provides a clearer picture of the firmness and degree of attachment of brain tumors to the surrounding healthy tissues to help surgical planning and reduce uncertainty before going into surgery.

Research

With access to state-of-the-art laboratory and clinical facilities, Mayo Clinic researchers are innovators in the care of acoustic neuroma and other types of peripheral nerve tumors.

Current research topics include investigating the genetic causes of acoustic neuroma and its growth as well as a long-term study of quality-of-life issues affecting people with acoustic neuroma.

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Mayo Clinic researchers are actively engaged in studies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuroma.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, and is ranked among the top hospitals for cancer. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery. With the emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all campuses.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 26, 2017
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