Surfer’s Ear (Exostoses)

Surfer’s Ear (Exostoses) Surfer’s ear is a disorder where exposure to cold water or wind causes new bone growth in the ear canal, eventually restricting it. Treatment is usually not necessary for mild occurrences, but water and debris buildup from moderate to severe exostoses can frequently result in ear infections.

Exostoses can be avoided by donning a wetsuit hood or watertight earplugs when exposed to cold water. People are more at risk from warmer climates when they swim or surf in cooler waters. At our office, we can provide custom ear plugs for swimmers.

An examination by an ear, nose, and throat doctor can help establish whether you require treatment if you think you have exostoses.