Symptoms & Signs
The symptoms of cysts include:
- Pain (if cysts are in the outside ear canal or get infected)
- Small soft skin lumps on, behind, or in front of the ear
The symptoms of benign tumors include:
- Ear discomfort
- Gradual hearing loss in one ear
Note: There may be no symptoms.
Diagnosis & Tests
Benign cysts and tumors are usually discovered during a routine ear examination, which can include hearing tests (audiometry) and middle ear testing (tympanometry). When looking into the ear, the doctor may see cysts or benign tumors in the ear canal.
Sometimes a CT scan is needed.
This disease may also affect the results of the following tests:
- Caloric stimulation
Review Date : 5/13/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.