Surfer’s ear, or external auditory exostosis, is a benign overgrowth of the temporal bone in the external auditory meatus that occurs after prolonged exposure to cold water.
Patients are usually...
Visual diagnosis during otoscopic exam
Weber and Rinne test to evaluate for conductive hearing loss
Amount of cold-water exposure
Use of preventive aids
Referral to audiology to establish degree of hearing loss
Benign bony overgrowth of the temporal bone into the external auditory meatus
Causes repeated ear infections, hearing loss, or pain in surfers (or other cold-water athletes)
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