The most common symptom 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 may develop and potentially cause earaches and hearing loss.
It is believed that the ear canal’s repeated exposure to cold water and wind stimulates bone growth that narrows the ear canal in order to protect the eardrum. Surfers and swimmers are particularly at risk because they spend long hours in the water.
AAn ear examination using an otoscope or microscope will determine the presence of surfer’s ear. These types of bony growths present in the ear canal and are easily visible during a routine ear examination.