Cholesteatoma usually only affect one ear. In the early stages of cholesteatoma, symptoms are minimal and often ignored; however, these tend to progress as the condition worsens.
The most common symptoms of cholesteatoma include:
- Watery discharge from ear – often accompanied by an unpleasant odour
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss in the affected ear
Some patients also report feelings of fullness or pressure in the ear, muscle weakness on the affected side of their face, and taste bud changes. If you suspect cholesteatoma, contact your GP immediately.