Surfer’s ear, also known as swimmer’s ear, is a disorder brought on by repeated exposure to cold water and cold wind that results in numerous bony growths (exostosis) on the ear canal bone. This bony overgrowth can eventually cause ear infections, hearing loss, and balance problems.
Due to narrowing of the ear canal, water can become trapped inside, resulting in recurring ear infections. Infections, loss of hearing, and feeling like your ears are “plugged up” and will not drain are the main symptoms of exostosis.
Surfer’s ears is treated by a canalplasty, which is simply the term used for surgically removing the bony growths. This procedure is typically performed with a very small chisel, and is only performed on the growth close the ear drum.
Wearing earplugs when surfing is the best approach to avoid surfer’s ear. Wearing a hood or specialized headband that covers and seals the ears are further preventative strategies. Additional security is provided by donning a hood or headband in addition to earplugs.
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