Treatment depends on your age, general health, the size and location of the tumor, and its rate of growth. Treatment may include:
If the tumor is very small, your doctor may just monitor its growth. This is common among people over age 70.
As the tumor grows and/or hearing becomes impaired, removal of the tumor may be necessary. The surgical approach depends on the size and location of the tumor. Complications of surgery may include permanent hearing loss and/or paralysis of facial muscles on the affected side. . In order to reduce the incidence of complications intraoperative monitoring of hearing can be done using auditory brainstem response test.
The use of radiation to kill cells and shrink tumors. Radiation is expected to prevent further growth of the tumor. Radiation may be used when tumors are small and surgery is not possible. This method may preserve hearing.