Hearing preservation in acoustic neuroma surgery is possible in a limited number of cases. Although there have been many articles published about hearing preservation, there have been few studies of long-term hearing results, nor is it known if there is an increased rate of tumor recurrence when hearing preservation is attempted. Twenty-two patients who underwent a hearing preservation procedure via the retrosigmoid approach were selected from 80 consecutive patients with cerebellopontine angle tumors operated on from February 1984 to November 1987. Useful hearing was retained in 11 cases as reported in a previously published study. Seven patients continue to have useful hearing after 3 to 5 years; 3 have shown a gradual but slight decline. There has been no tumor recurrence in these patients, but 2 patients, operated on early in the series and who had lost hearing, had recurrent tumor.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|