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Diagnosis: Cholesteatoma, what now?

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  • Posted By: tinkerbelle_503
  • December 20, 2010
  • 07:47 AM

I have suffered from hearing loss in my right ear for the past 12 months. There is a constant feeling of pressure in my ear and over time I could hear my pulse constantly in that ear.
The noise is so loud that it often keeps me awake and my hearing got alot worse. It seems like the harder I try to listen to something, the louder the sound would get.
I asked my local doctor for help multiple times and her only advice was to try "equalizing" my ears (like you do when scuba diving) and to use a antihistamine. Niether of these things worked, my doctor sent me for a hearing test. It showed that my hearing was within normal range but my right ear was considerably less effective.
My doctor said it was probably a type of Industrial Deafness caused by many years in loud nightclubs and i would have to learn to live with it.
2 days ago, I went to the Emergency Room with respiratory problems (turned out to be pleurisy) and the doctor told me that I have a Cholesteatoma behind my right eardrum but there was no sign of any infection. This leads me to believe that it is a congenital problem.
The thing is, my local doctor looked in my ear only 6 months ago and never said a thing. Maybe it wasnt there then???
I've read a little online about these and know it is a benign tumor, so I'm not too concerned but I'd like to hear from anyone else who's had one.
I like some info on the surgery mainly, wondering if they can remove it without an external incision?
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. :D

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