It can be challenging to diagnose acoustic neuroma. This is in part because the signs and symptoms of this benign (noncancerous) brain tumor — such as hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness — can resemble complications of other diseases.
To diagnose acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, your doctor will examine you and likely:
- examine your ears
- evaluate your hearing
- carry out an MRI imaging test
Memorial Sloan Kettering doctors use cutting-edge imaging tests such as MRI to see get detailed images of brain tissue. To do an MRI, the radiologist or his or her assistant gives you a harmless dye by intravenous injection (IV). The dye circulates through your system and gives a physical outline of the tumor and other nearby structures so we can see clearly what is going on.