Symptoms & Signs
- Drainage from the ear
- Hearing loss in one ear
- Pain or numbness in or around the ear
Diagnosis & Tests
An ear exam may show a pocket or perforation (opening) in the eardrum, often with drainage. The deposit of old skin cells may be visible with an otoscope, a special instrument to view the ear.
The following tests may be performed to rule out other causes of dizziness.
- Caloric stimulation
- CT scan
Review Date : 7/15/2008
Reviewed By : Alan Lipkin, MD, Otolargyngologist, private practice, Denver, CO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.