Deformities, Cysts And Sinus Tracts Of The Ear
The external ear forms as a result of seven hillocks of tissue combining to form the auricle, which on careful inspection has great complexity to it, along with numerous identifiable structures such as the tragus, ante-tragus, conchal bowl, and meatus. On occasion, due to the physical conditions in the uterus (womb) or due to medications or other reasons, the ear does not form properly. When this happens, the ear can be absent (atresia), small (hypoplastic), or deformed in various ways. Most of the time simple deformities do not greatly alter hearing; but in some cases, the deformity is extensive and can even involve the absence of an ear canal or the eardrum and attached bones (ossicles). In those cases, hearing is typically greatly impaired but may be correctable. Lastly, the external ear can have small or large congenital cysts, pits, and sinus tracts, which can be visible around or in front of the ear. These are often of little or no consequence, but they can lead to recurring infections and require excision.
The conditions listed here are just a few of the most common ear problems we frequently see, but we can help diagnose and treat any ear injury or disorder you might have. In general, if you experience ear pain, dizziness, drainage from the ear and/or hearing loss, contact CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat to schedule your personal consultation with one of our board-certified ENT physicians.