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Lyric hearing aid: a rare cause of benign necrotising otitis externa/external ear canal cholesteatoma
  1. Christopher Thompson1,
  2. Rohit Gohil2,
  3. Alex Bennett2
  1. 1Anatomy Department, Division of Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, NHS Lothian, Livingston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Christopher Thompson, christhompson3{at}


An 80-year-old Caucasian man presented with an incidental and asymptomatic lesion in his right ear thought to be secondary to his use of hearing aids for presbycusis. He used Lyric hearing aids, designed for 24 hours-a-day use for 4 months at a time and had no other previous otological problems. He underwent a bony meatoplasty and vascular flap reconstruction via a retroauricular approach to remove the lesion for histological analysis and regrafting of the area. The lesion was confirmed on histopathology as an ear canal cholesteatoma.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • otolaryngology / ent
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  • Contributors All three authors contributed to this case report. Case identification and provision of endoscopic images: AB. Concept and design of the article, proofreading and checking: AB, CT and RG. Literature review and writing of the case report: CT and RG. Creation of ear diagram: CT.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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