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
- 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.