WHAT IS SURFER’S EAR?
Surfer’s Ear involves an exostosis which is an abnormal bone growth within the ear canal. Irritation from repeated cold wind and water exposure causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of bony growth which can constrict the ear canal.
Most avid surfers show at least mild bone growth, causing little to no problems. But, this condition is progressive, making it important to take preventative measures early on.
Surfer’s Ear is not limited to surfing and can occur in any activity within cold, wet and windy conditions, such as windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing and diving. If left untreated, Surfer’s Ear can impact your hearing capabilities and, in the worst case, cause total deafness.
EarPro recommends contacting a doctor for advice when you notice even mild symptoms of Surfer’s Ear. If you suffer from severe pain or fever, you should see a doctor immediately or visit the emergency room.