The most common symptoms of Surfer’s Ear is a persistent feeling of fullness – as if the ear is plugged. If the bony growths block most of the ear canal, infections can develop and cause earaches and hearing loss.
It is believed that the ear canal’s repeated exposure to cold water and wind stimulates the bone growths that narrow the canal and block the eardrum. Surfers and swimmers are particularly at risk because they spend long hours in the water.
An ear examination using an otoscope will determine the presence of surfer’s ear.
Surgical removal of the exostosis is highly successful in restoring hearing. Treatment for Surfer’s Ear is performed using a minimally invasive surgical technique performed through the ear canal, without the usual incisions behind the ear.