Surfer’s Ear (Exostoses)


Surfer’s ear is a condition in which exposure to cold water or wind in the ear canal stimulates new bone growth in the canal, narrowing it over time. Mild cases generally require no treatment, but moderate to severe exostoses may cause frequent ear infection due to trapping of water and debris.

Exostoses can be prevented by wearing water tight ear plugs during exposure to cold water and/or a wetsuit hood. Those who swim or surf in colder waters are more at risk than those in warmer climates. Custom ear plugs for swimmers are offered in our office, as well as off the shelf options.

If you suspect you have exostoses, an evaluation by an ear, nose and throat doctor can help determine if you need treatment. Surgical treatment is performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The severity of the narrowing usually determines the approach used for surgery, but some can be removed through the ear canal, which allows for a shorter recovery time.


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Leading Specialized Head and Neck Surgeons in Irvine and all of Orange County




We provide comprehensive medical and surgical ear, nose, and throat care for adults and children. Our in-office services include balloon sinuplasty to immediately relieve sinusitis, CT scans of the ears and sinuses, as well as allergy testing and immunotherapy. We also offer complete state-of-the-art hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings. We perform surgeries at Hoag Hospital in Irvine and Newport Beach, Mission Hospital, CHOC Children’s Hospital, and Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

We focus on individualized care and on developing trusting relationships with our patients. We never rush an appointment and we empower our patients with full understandings of each diagnosis. We look forward to meeting you!


Diagnose and treat all medical ear, nose, and throat concerns

Perform all specialized surgical procedures to address medical head, neck, ear, nose, and throat issues

Conduct all diagnostic and advanced hearing test with individualized hearing and fitting


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Orange Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery
16100 Sand Canyon Avenue, Suite 230 A
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-243-7787
Fax: 949-715-0504

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