On episode 81 of The UK Surf Show, we sit down and chat to Surf Mould Pro, Audiologists based in Newquay, Cornwall.
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So what is surfers ear ?
Surfer’s Ear: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Surfer’s Ear, medically known as external auditory exostosis, is a common condition among surfers and individuals who are frequently exposed to cold water and wind. This condition is characterized by a bony growth in the ear canal, which can cause hearing loss and ear infections.
The main cause of Surfer’s Ear is exposure to cold water and wind, which can cause the bone in the ear canal to grow abnormally. The body’s natural response to cold water is to create a protective barrier by increasing the amount of bone in the ear canal. As a result, small bony growths can form, narrowing the ear canal and affecting the movement of sound waves.
One of the most common symptoms of Surfer’s Ear is a feeling of fullness in the ear, or muffled hearing. As the growths increase in size, it can become even more difficult to hear properly. In addition, the ear canal may become irritated and inflamed, leading to ear infections and even temporary hearing loss.
There are several treatment options available for Surfer’s Ear, depending on the severity of the condition. In some cases, regular ear cleaning and monitoring of the growths may be all that is necessary. However, if the growths are causing significant hearing loss, surgery may be required to remove them.
Preventing Surfer’s Ear is the best course of action. Wearing earplugs or a surf hood to protect the ear from exposure to cold water and wind is the most effective way to prevent the growth of bone in the ear canal. Prevention can also involve using a hair dryer to dry the ear canal after swimming or surfing, rather than allowing it to remain wet.
In conclusion, Surfer’s Ear is a common condition among surfers and individuals who are frequently exposed to cold water and wind. While it can be a cause of hearing loss and ear infections, it is also preventable through the use of earplugs or a surf hood. If you suspect that you may have Surfer’s Ear or are experiencing any of the symptoms, it is important to see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.
Surf Mould Pro
Through this chat with Surf Mould Pro, we discover that the water temperature in the UK never gets warm enough to not need to wear ear protection, even in the summer.
Surf Mould Pro, have a great team who can offer help wherever you are in the UK and you can contact them here