Surfer’s ear is a condition that develops over time when abnormal bone growth occurs in one or both ears after repeated exposure to cold water and wind. Since those contributing factors are common to surfers, the condition has become known as “Surfer’s Ear.” The actual medical term for this condition is transcanal exostosis.
Without medical treatment, transcanal exostosis will remain, along with the unpleasant, recurring symptoms and side effects.
(Surfer’s ear is not the same and should not be confused with “swimmer’s ear.” Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal as a result of water remaining in the ear after swimming. Surfer’s ear is a bone growth affecting the middle ear canal.)
Ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck surgeon W. Wallace Webster, MD in Coos Bay, Oregon is one of a very few surgeons with special training, extensive experience and great outcomes in the treatment of Surfer’s Ear.
Dr. Webster was personally trained in this technique by its inventor and has conducted multiple, safe and effective exostectomies using this technique. He is the only surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to offer this day surgery with no hospitalization required. The procedure is covered by most health insurance plans.
Call Oregon Coast Ear, Nose & Throat at 541-808-3860 to make an appointment with Dr. Webster for an exam, diagnosis and treatment of Surfer’s Ear.