Surfers Ear

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mackemabroad started the topic in Friday, 8 Mar 2019 at 11:06am

Just got the news i have to get an ear drilled due to Surfers Ear (exostosis). Doc was pretty useless in terms of recovery however he gave me a list of side effects that was pretty unnerving. Anyone got any experience/info, tipping a few on here have!

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Back-hander commented Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019 at 5:39am

You'll be out of the water for about 2 months. While you are recovering you won't want to socialise in noisy situations, as you can't hear conversations due to the packing in that ear. It will feel amazing when they finally take the packing out and you can hear again. It's interesting how you need both ears to be able to tune out background noise.
Wear earplugs from then on when surfing as once you've had the operation, you have more chance of it growing back if you don't look after your ears. Wear a hat that covers your ears when it's cold and windy.
You only want to have that operation as few a times as you can.
I didn't listen to my own advice and have had one ear done 3 times and the other 2 times.

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H2O commented Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019 at 12:26pm

There are several posts re this in another forum topic, Couldn't find it on a quick search. Stu?
I've had both ears done. Backhanders advice spot on - they do grow back.
Try Surfears plugs .

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stunet commented Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019 at 3:23pm
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Supafreak commented Friday, 10 May 2019 at 1:22pm

mackemabroad wrote: Just got the news i have to get an ear drilled due to Surfers Ear (exostosis). Doc was pretty useless in terms of recovery however he gave me a list of side effects that was pretty unnerving. Anyone got any experience/info, tipping a few on here have!
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Supafreak commented Friday, 10 May 2019 at 1:28pm

I had left ear done last year and right ear 1 week ago , last time 2 months out of water and $5000 poorer , same again this time . Im 58 and surfed since 10 , had ear problems for 15 years but was afraid of surgery because of horror stories, they have come along way with procedures and l haven’t had any problems. Dr said l will be dead before the bone grows back so lm not bothering with plugs as l hate them but have heard of people having surgery up to 3 times omg . Dr told me it won’t make any difference to hearing but l won’t suffer ear infections or water trapped which used to send me insane. Good luck with everything and hope you have insurance because I’m $10,000 poorer

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factotum commented Friday, 10 May 2019 at 1:51pm

Supes, mate, I hear ya. No pun intended! Both ears done. No complications. Been using Blu Tac, but I'm over it. Not as old, but maybe I can get away with it. I'm half deaf in one anyway from a radical ear infection in Thailand. Oh, I had insurance too. No extra $$$$ pain. Good luck to all.