When it’s cold outside it is important to remember to keep your ears warm and dry. Exostosis ear, or more commonly called Surfer’s ear, can become a real issue for people that spend a lot of time doing activities outside in the cold. Exostosis is a result of your body trying to protect your ears. The cold causes the bone surrounding your ear canal to grow to protect the ear drum against the elements. This can lead to a host of challenges including repeated ear infections and permanent hearing loss. Trying to find a way to get out and about this winter is important, just be prepared if you will be spending a lot of time in cold weather. Here are some things you can do to protect your ears if you are going to be regularly out in the cold:
- Wear ear muffs or a hat
- Take regular take breaks somewhere warm
- Keep your hearing aid and it’s batteries warm and dry
The only way to treat exostosis is through surgery. So when you plan on spending a lot of time in the cold this winter, don’t forget to cover your ears!
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Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator