What increases my risk for acoustic neuromas?

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Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgery
A known risk factor for acoustic neuromas is neurofibromatosis. So if you have had neurofibromatosis, which is caused by a known genetic mutation, then there’s a very high chance that you will develop acoustic neuromas. Otherwise, there's nothing that you can do to prevent these tumors.

An uncommon genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2 is the only identified risk factor for acoustic neuromas. Most acoustic neuromas appear spontaneously in people ages 30 to 60. Studies investigating a link between acoustic neuromas and environmental factors such as loud noises or cell phone use have not proven any definitive connections.

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