Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
During a recent hearing test, the audiologist asked me what I thought was an unusual question: "Do you do a lot of open-water swimming?" "Not intentionally," I replied, "although I am an avid windsurfer." The audiologist then revealed that I have small, but noticeable exostoses in my ear canals. I was completely unaware. This condition is commonly known as "surfer's ear" due to its association with cold-weather surfing. Apparently it is benign, and in my case, minor. Prevention requires protecting the ear canals from cold water and wind. I already routinely wear a neoprene hoodie whenever temperatures are low. Armed with this new knowledge, I may try inserting foam hearing protection into my ears as well.
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I've heard of this and tried earplugs once. I felt that they affected my balance, but that could be me.