I got attacked by an ear infection this past Monday which led to a trip to the doc. The doc was pretty much horrified when they looked into my ear to discover how micro my ear canals had gotten.
I have had ear infections before but it was never really emphasized to me in past doctor visits the importance of protecting the ear from cold water. I went to my fellow paddler friend (who happens to be an audioologist) to have him construct me some custom ear plugs. He was pretty floored as well once he looked in there and saw the micro openings I call my ear canals.
I am now headed to a specialist on Monday to get further checked out and to get some super custom plugs. The whole situation blows and I guess I have only myself to blame. I am sitting at home now writing this in all sorts of pain (from the ear infection) wondering when I can get back in the water.
Anyway, if anyone else has anything to add, lets hear it. Dont make the same mistake I did and think you are immune to EXOSTOSIS.
Ear Disorders * Exostosis * Surfer's Ear * California Ear Institute * Ear Doctors * Palo Alto * Bay area