Exostosis / Surfer’s Ear
Surfer’s ear is a common condition among long time surfers who have spent long hours ‘out the back looking for an epic barrel’!
New bone growth in the ear canal is stimulated by exposure to cold water and cold air. Prolonged exposure to these elements can result in the ear canal almost completely closing over, as bony growths begin to occur around the circumference of the ear canal.
Surfer’s ear is known in the medical field as Exostosis, and while extensive surfing sessions can see some younger surfer’s affected, it usually appears in older surfers. What we see at Malouf Medical when we do an otoscopic examination are elevated lesions that protrude into the external auditory canal.
These bony growth are generally not dangerous and in many cases exostis is symptom free, however, due to the bone growing in lumps, water and dead skin can become trapped in the deep canal, resulting in ear infections and reduced hearing.Request an appointment Call: 1300 405 286