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Exostoses are benign bony growths often associated with cold water swimming. They are thought to occur from cold water stimulation.

Surgery is required when water trapping occurs and can’t be easily removed (usually with alcohol based preparations such as aquaear). The patient then suffers with recurrent infections and ultimately complete hearing loss as the bone closes over.

Surgery is usually performed as a day surgery procedure with a cut through the ear canal or behind the ear depending on the location and size of the bony growths.

The surgery is usually 3 -5 days off work and 6-8 weeks out of the water.

(Surfer’s ear)

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