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Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is an abnormal growth on the nerve that goes from the ear to the brain. It can cause hearing loss and balance problems. Another name for an acoustic neuroma is vestibular schwannoma. Acoustic neuromas are more common in adults than children. They usually happen in just one ear, but a few people get them in both ears.

Symptoms of an acoustic neuroma include:

  • Hearing loss – this can happen gradually over many years and may go unnoticed
  • Tinnitus – ringing, buzzing, hissing, or roaring sounds in one or both ears
  • Balance problems when walking and/or a feeling of tilting to one side
  • Face numbness or pain, or trouble moving part of the face

Learn more about acoustic neuroma

Acoustic Neuroma Care at St. Luke’s
The St. Luke’s acoustic neuroma team evaluates patients through a streamlined process that includes initial neurosurgery and neurotology consultations. Dr. Duckworth, St. Luke’s neurosurgery medical director, and Dr. Crawford, Idaho’s only board-certified neurotologist, collaborate to evaluate and treat patients diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma. Consult with your primary care provider for a referral.

  • Facilities & Locations

We specialize in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions with a variety of surgical options for the brain, back and spine, and peripheral nerves.


  • Location & Contact Info

    190 E. Bannock St.
    (10th Floor)
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 381-5500

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