What are the warning signs?

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 people may also experience some minor discomfort or a feeling of fullness in their ear.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018