Is a friend or loved one having more difficulty hearing what you have to say? Are they beginning to lose their balance?

Hearing loss can just be a part of aging, but sometimes it could be due to a more serious issue like an acoustic neuroma.

Acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous tumor that lives on the main nerve in between the inner ear and the brain. The most common first symptom is unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss and ringing in the ear. Other symptoms can include balance issues, dizziness and facial numbness and tingling.

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The cause of an acoustic neuroma is still unknown, but acoustic neuromas occur at the rate of 1 to 2 cases per 100,000 people.

The doctors at the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center of Keck Medicine of USC see more acoustic neuroma cases every year than any other academic medical center. In fact, 40 percent of our patients visit us from out of state – and the results have been amazing!

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Here are just a few of our case studies:

Bill Burrows

Bill-BurrowsBill Burrows is an outdoorsmen with an adventurous spirit. He feared his acoustic neuroma diagnosis could be devastating — keeping him from the physical activities and hobbies that he loves most. But, just six weeks after USC Acoustic Neuroma Center specialists performed surgery, Bill was fly-fishing and snow shoeing in Mammoth. Within a few short months he was back to bike riding, hiking and had a chance to go ice-skating with his daughter in Alaska.

Adrianna Bowman

Adrianna-BowmanAcoustic neuromas usually occur in adults between age 30 and 60, but a failed hearing screening in five-year-old Adrianna Bowman led to a surprising acoustic neuroma diagnosis. The tumor was compressing her brain stem and it was big. She underwent surgery with our world-class surgeons and the renaissance-woman/kindergartener is back to practicing drums, karate, piano and modeling.

Donna Erickson

Donna-EricksonComplications like facial paralysis and eye issues can arise after having surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma and that risk alone made Donna Erickson carefully research her surgeons. Despite getting several opinions on the east coast, Donna knew she had to trust her intuition and travel across the country to the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center if she wanted the best possible outcome. “I may not have survived if I hadn’t listened to my gut and my own intuition. I am forever grateful to Dr. Friedman and Dr. Giannotta for giving me my life back.”

Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer Kelley experienced hearing loss, ringing in her ears, vertigo and what she describes as a feeling of fullness. It took multiple doctor visits, developing numbness on the left side of her face and an MRI two years after symptoms presented before she was properly diagnosed with acoustic neuroma. Now, most of her symptoms have subsided, and most luckily, she has full function of her face, has regained her taste and is feeling better every day.

Jon Templeman

Jon-Templeman“Since my acoustic neuroma surgery in March 2015 I’ve done a half-marathon, lost 40lbs, gained a fair amount of muscle and an enormous amount of motivation for improving my health and well-being. When I was diagnosed with my acoustic neuroma, it felt like my world was falling apart, but I now feel like there is nothing that I can’t do. USC gave me the foundation to build on so I can now push myself every day to get better than I ever was before being diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma.”

Amanda Kutter

Amanda-KutterAmanda Kutter has two young daughters so when she was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma she knew she needed to find the best possible team to handle her case. Amanda traveled from Missouri to the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center for her surgery, which was a great success. “In my hour of greatest need I felt the collective medical team reaching out to give me the hand I so desperately needed.”

Ashley Holloway

Ashley-HollowayGradual hearing loss, ringing in the affected ear, loss of balance and facial numbness are all symptoms of acoustic neuroma. Catching the symptoms early, and seeing your physician when you know something isn’t right, can make all the difference. It did for Ashley Holloway. It’s only been one year since her surgery and she’s already conquered two half marathons.

Chris Kelly

Chris-KellyJust four days after her surgery, Chris Kelly was walking the beach in Santa Monica. “I really think the best piece of advice I received from the whole team was to keep moving — even when I just wanted to rest and sleep — it really made a big difference in my recovery!” Now, armed with a wealth of knowledge and the priceless wisdom from her first-hand experience, Chris is helping her good friend and neighbor through her treatment journey with acoustic neuroma.

Tara Stanley

Tara-StanleyTara Stanley’s two young boys take after her—they’re active and always on the move! When Tara isn’t spending time with her family, she’s incredibly active in her community as a volunteer. Traveling from Indiana to Los Angeles was worth the trip for Tara if it meant she could see the expert team at the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center and get back to her family and philanthropic ventures.

Ruby Gorcey Biblowitz

Ruby-Gorcey=BiblowitzRuby Gorcey Biblowitz is a 26-year-old musician and the ability to hear is an absolute necessity in her career. On an average visit to her physician, she told him that she had to use her phone on the opposite ear because she was having difficulty hearing. Watch this video to see her full story. Click here.
If you or someone you know is experiencing – or think you are experiencing the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma, we are here to help. Visit to learn more about the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center and schedule a free consultation by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or by visiting