Acoustic neuroma Auckland University research

Participants wanted for Auckland University study

Auckland University researchers are looking for participants for a study exploring people’s experience of acoustic neuroma diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumour that develops on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain. Branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear and unsteadiness.

Many people who have an acoustic neuroma experience headaches and migraine, so there may be people in our migraine community who have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma and can participate in this research.

About the study

We are a team of health professionals and clinical researchers – Professor Suzanne Barker-Collo, Dr Anna Miles and Joanne Garrett. We are supported by two students Alicja Nowacka and Lior Ben-Harosh. We are looking to improve care for people after their acoustic neuroma treatments.

You are invited to participate in a research project

You are invited to participate in an online survey if you have received a diagnosis of an acoustic neuroma in the past.

What the research is about

The purpose of this project is to explore the experiences of people after acoustic neuroma treatments in New Zealand. What symptoms do you describe? What supports have you accessed? How well-informed / supported do you feel? What would you like to improve?

Your role

We are asking you to participate in an online survey and then if you wish afterwards you can indicate if you’d also like to participate in a follow-up Zoom interview. Your participation in this study is voluntary. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes.

If you are interested, please click on the link below for more details.