Cholesteatoma Symptoms

By far the most common symptom of a cholesteatoma is painless discharge from the ear.  This fluid will typically be a brown or yellow color and have a strong odor (stinks!).  Sometimes cholesteatomas will exhibit no symptoms however, and will be discovered only on accident.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Hearing loss
  • Bleeding from the ear
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Ear ache
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus (“ringing” in the ears)

Since the inner ear houses the organ that gives the body it’s sense of balance, a cholesteatoma can sometimes cause vertigo or other equilibrium issues.  In short, cholesteatoma symptoms are varied and numerous.  The only sure-fire way to confirm is with a physical examination.  So if you exhibit the above symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor or audiologist as soon as possible.

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