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Cholesteatoma Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Discharge from the ear, sometimes foul-smelling
  • Pressure in the ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Earache
  • Numbness of the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness in the face on the affected side


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.

Tests may include the following:

  • Hearing tests
  • Balance tests
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
  • Electronystagmography—used to test the function of the nerves related to hearing
  • Caloric stimulation—a test which diagnoses nerve damage to the ear
  • X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body

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