It can be challenging to diagnose acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma). This is in part because the signs and symptoms of an acoustic neuroma — such as hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness — can resemble complications of other diseases.
To diagnose acoustic neuroma, your doctor will likely:
- examine your ears
- evaluate your hearing
- do an MRI imaging test if one hasn’t been done already
Memorial Sloan Kettering doctors use cutting-edge imaging tests such as MRI to get detailed images of brain tissue. During an MRI, the radiologist or his or her assistant gives you a dye by intravenous injection (IV). The dye circulates through your system, giving a physical outline of the tumor and other nearby structures on the images so we can see clearly what is going on.