Reversible hearing loss from cerebellopontine angle tumors

Neurosurgery. 1991 Feb;28(2):310-2; discussion 312-3. doi: 10.1097/00006123-199102000-00024.


We report two patients who presented with a dramatic recovery from severe sensorineural hearing loss after total surgical removal of cerebellopontine angle tumors (meningioma and jugular foramen neurinoma). The factors that differentiate these "non-acoustic tumors" in relation to the prognosis for hearing are discussed. A surgical approach that maintains the labyrinthine structure and preserves the arachnoid membrane of the superior cerebellopontine angle cistern during tumor removal is stressed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Audiometry
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / complications*
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / surgery
  • Cerebellopontine Angle* / surgery
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / etiology*
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningioma / complications
  • Meningioma / surgery
  • Neurilemmoma / complications
  • Neurilemmoma / surgery
  • Remission Induction