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Old 06-18-2010   #1
 
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exostoses

Any beta on how bad the surgery is? the cost?? I was refered to a guy in C-springs Dr. Hegarty anyone herd of him? any beta would be great. cheers

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Old 06-18-2010   #2
 
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I had both ears reamed in fort collins. Dr Erickson. I don't remember the cost (insurance picked up most of it) The was little pain. I wanted to have both done at the same time but he said he was in there for 4 hours with just one ear and didn't want to keep me under any longer.
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Old 06-18-2010   #3
 
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This is a great reminder to wear ear plugs and avoid the exotosis nightmare.
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Old 06-18-2010   #4
 
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Custom earplugs is the way to go. My name is Dr. Molina, and I make these custom earmolds for most of the paddlers I boat with. Make no mistake if you kayak in cold water you will get Exostoses. My website is www.cohearingspecialists.com and I use Westone to manufacture the custom earmolds that I make in my office. Westone's website is Welcome to Westone | Westone. Here you can view what the Aquaknot looks like and also can peruse the surfplug, which I recommend for kayaking. This earplug has a thin membrane that covers the exterior opening of the ear canal so that you can hear when running the meat. If you want me to make you custom earmolds, let me know and I can meet you on Clear Creek.


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I had both ears reamed in fort collins. Dr Erickson. I don't remember the cost (insurance picked up most of it) The was little pain. I wanted to have both done at the same time but he said he was in there for 4 hours with just one ear and didn't want to keep me under any longer.
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Old 06-18-2010   #5
 
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Dr- How cold is too cold? I've been wondering over the past few years why, when hiking in cool to cold weather, I have serious pain. Wind makes it even worse. I do wear plugs when paddling but, have not always worn them. J
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anytime the water is cool to the touch then it's cold enough for Exostoses to start to develop. In warm water you don't have to worry about this issue. Only cold water will cause Exostoses.

Ear canals are very sensitive to touch and temperature. If cool air finds a way down your ear canal it can cause pain, but doesn't mean that you have a medical condition. Do your best to keep you ears covered and that should remedy this issue.
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Old 06-18-2010   #7
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Thanks for the recommendations! I will look to see if I can work on these earplugs here in Santa Fe. it looks like the ENT center here is listed as a westone dealer. I have had the cheapies for years. Docs Proplugs dont fit me quite right unfortunately.
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Cold water in the ear canal promotes recruitment of blastocytes and a narrowing of the ear canal. This narrowing leads to water entrapment which then promotes a nice medium for bacteria and infections. These recuring infections leads to scarring of the ear drum which can lead to hearing loss.

Hope that helps in understanding this mysterious disease

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anytime the water is cool to the touch then it's cold enough for Exostoses to start to develop. In warm water you don't have to worry about this issue. Only cold water will cause Exostoses.

Ear canals are very sensitive to touch and temperature. If cool air finds a way down your ear canal it can cause pain, but doesn't mean that you have a medical condition. Do your best to keep you ears covered and that should remedy this issue.
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Old 06-18-2010   #9
 
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article

there are variations on the surgery - one where they chip the exostoses directly through the ear canal, and one where they make an incision behind the ear - some trade-offs between invasiveness and risk of perforated ear drum, etc.. ask about both.

if you have access, check this out --

Wiley InterScience :: Session Cookies

shoot me a message if interested in full article. result of the Surfer's Ear Tour, that stopped through CKS paddle fest, teva games, fibark, etc. during 2008
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Old 06-19-2010   #10
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from the abstract linked above:
"The prevalence of exostoses in kayakers was 79% (482/611); 13% (78/611) had 75% occlusion."

effin' yikes.
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