Cornwall hearing specialises in the early diagnosis of and subsequent development prevention for sufferers of surfer’s ear.
Surfer’s ear is the common name for an exostosis or abnormal bone growth within the ear canal and is one hundred percent preventable. It is hugely misunderstood in the surfing community until it causes a problem.
Irritation from cold wind and water exposure causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of new bony growth which constrict the ear canal. Where the ear canal is actually blocked by this condition, water and wax can become trapped and give rise to infection. The condition is so named due to its prevalence among cold water surfers.
The condition is progressive, making it important to take preventative measures early, preferably whenever surfing. The condition is not limited to surfing and can occur in any activity with cold, wet, windy conditions such as windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, kitesurfing, and diving.
Speak to us about a range of preventative measures or to arrange an ear examination and management plan and if needed onward referral to the correct specialist team.