THE RECENT program Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis and Surgery held in Los Angeles* provided an excellent opportunity to appraise current ideas for dealing with acoustic neuromas. The meeting of otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons to discuss and exchange information, to observe surgical techniques, and to evaluate honestly what they had heard and seen was, I think, enlightening to both groups. I have attempted to summarize from the otologist's position some of the important points brought out during the conference. With these, there is a certain admixture of personal observations on the basis of my own more limited experience.
General agreement exists that considerable progress has been made toward the earlier diagnosis of eighth nerve tumors. This was, in fact, one of the most significant features of the Los Angeles meeting. Prior to the meeting, very few men in either field had fully appreciated the high percentage of very early lesions being diagnosed