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Osteoma

Osteoma

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Osteomas are benign tumours that grow in bone tissues. They usually develop in the skull, facial bones, and the long bones of the body, and can affect the ear canal as well. We’ll explore what an osteoma is, how it can affect you, and what the symptoms and treatments are.

What is an Osteoma?

An osteoma is a slow-growing tumour that arises from the bones. It is made up of bone tissue and may be attached to a bone or grow freely. Osteomas can be found anywhere in the body, but they are most commonly found in the skull, facial bones, and long bones of the body. They are usually small and asymptomatic but can grow larger, causing problems if they push on adjacent structures.

How Osteomas Affect the Ear

Osteomas can develop in the ear canal, affecting hearing and causing other symptoms. The ear canal is the narrow passage that separates the outside world from your ear drum. In extreme cases, Osteomas can grow in the ear canal  and block the ear canal, leading to hearing loss. They can also cause tinnitus, earache and general discomfort. In most cases though, you’d never know they were there and usually cause no issue.

Ear wax is produced by glands in the ear canal to protect and clean the ear. Osteomas can affect earwax production by blocking the ear canal, which can lead to excessive earwax buildup. In this instance, micro-suction can easily help remove the blockage and get your hearing back to normal. 

Symptoms of Osteomas

Symptoms can vary depending on the location and size of the growth. Small ones may not cause any symptoms, while larger cases may cause pain, swelling, and other problems. Osteomas in the ear canal can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, earache, and ear infections. If it growths into the inner ear, it can cause dizziness and balance problems.

Treatment of Osteomas

Treatment depends on the location and size of the growth and the symptoms it causes. Small osteomas, that are asymptomatic, may not require any treatment. Doctors may recommend periodic monitoring to ensure they don’t grow. If you experience the above symptoms surgical removal may be necessary. This is typically done under general anaesthesia, and the recovery time is typically short.

Osteomas are benign tumours that grow in bone tissues and can affect the ear canal, causing hearing loss, tinnitus, earache, and ear infections. While small cases may not require treatment, larger ones may require surgical removal. If you’re concerned this may be you, get in touch

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If you wish to see some independent information on the subject, see the NHS page right here.