What is Surfer’s Ear?

What is it?

Surfer’s Ear (or Exostosis) is a condition in which bony growths appear in the ear canal, blocking the eardrum.


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.

Taj Burrow, World Class Champion Surfer

Surfer’s Ear was making me miserable when I was referred to Dr. Shohet several years ago. He performed surgery on an outpatient basis and I was back in the water in no time. So when my other ear needed to be cleared of Surfer’s Ear growths, I went back to Dr. Shohet. I highly recommend him to other surfers. He is a terrific doctor, and gave me lots of confidence before, during and after my surgery. The whole process was a piece of a cake.

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Izzy Paskowitz, Director, Paskowitz Surf Camp

Surfer’s ear was making my life miserable. I was experiencing hearing loss and having recurrent ear infections. Dr. Shohet used a simple procedure to clear my ears and help restore my hearing. I’m back in the water and back in action. I wouldn’t go to any other ear doctor–my result was terrific.

Surfers Ear Surgery with Dr. Shohet

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