An acoustic neuroma is a type of tumor that develops near the inner ear, affecting hearing and balance. These tumors are non-cancerous and usually grow slowly over many years. If they are given the opportunity to become too large, they can eventually put pressure on the brain, thus affecting many nerves that are necessary for healthy brain function.
What Causes Acoustic Neuroma?
Acoustic neuromas may be caused by various factors. They are not considered to be hereditary, but there is a disease that can lead to their development called NF2, which is passed through genetics. Another reason they may form is if a person’s body does not possess a strong ability to fight off tumors, thus allowing their growth to progress more rapidly. Too much contact with various types of radiation and frequent exposure to loud noises have both been linked with acquiring an acoustic neuroma.