You should see your GP if you have problems with your hearing or persistent discharge from your ear.
Your GP may diagnose or suspect a cholesteatomaafter examining your ear with an otoscope,an instrument with a light and magnifying glass that allows doctors to see inside your ear.
If it's possible you just have an ear infection, you may initially be givena course of antibiotics to see if your symptoms improve.
If your GP thinks you have acholesteatoma, they will refer youto hospital so your ear can be examined by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon.
A cholesteatoma is an uncommon abnormal collection of skin cells inside your ear.
Usually only one ear is affected by a cholesteatoma. The two most common symptoms are: persistent, often smelly, discharge from the affected ear gradual loss ofhearingin the affected ear Some peo
Acholesteatoma can develop if part of the eardrum collapses because of problems equalising the pressure across it. This occurs when the Eustachian tube is not working properly.This is a thin tube tha
You should see your GP if you have problems with your hearing or persistent discharge from your ear. Your GP may diagnose or suspect a cholesteatomaafter examining your ear with an otoscope,an instru
To confirmthat you have acholesteatoma, an ENT surgeon will re-examine your ear and may carry out some hearing tests.You may also have a computerised tomography (CT) scan to see which parts of your ea
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