SURFERS EAR [EXOSTOSIS]:
‘A common but preventable condition of the ear. Cold wind & water exposure creates bony growths within the ear canal; trapping water & debris which can cause painful infections. In advanced cases treatment is only by surgical operation’
WHAT CAUSES IT?
In colder water & prevailing wind conditions Surfers Ear becomes more common, the combination of wet skin layers & wind produces a refrigeration effect within the ear promoting blood to flow to the affected area resulting in the layering down of new bony growth (exostoses) which ultimately narrows the ear canal.
WILL I GET SURFERS EAR?
The more frequently you expose the ear to this environment the more likely it is that Surfers Ear will develop. Surfers Ear can become apparent after as little as five years of regular extreme water sport. The type, number & severity of the growths vary between individuals. The incident of Surfers Ear has increased with improvements in modern wetsuits design; individuals are in the water for longer, especially during the winter when lower temperatures & prevailing winds create a higher risk of developing this condition.