Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Surfers' awareness of the preventability of ‘surfer's ear’ and use of water precautions

  • V M Reddy (a1), T Abdelrahman (a1), A Lau (a1) and P M Flanagan (a1)

Abstract

Objective:

To establish surfers' knowledge of the preventability of external auditory canal exostoses (‘surfer's ear’), and their use of water precautions.

Method:

Survey of surfers conducted between December 2009 and March 2010 at beaches in Cornwall, UK.

Results:

Ninety-two surfers were included (78 males and 14 females, mean age 27 years, standard deviation 7.9 years). Participants were grouped according to their awareness of the preventability of surfer's ear (55 aware, 37 unaware). These groups were comparable in age, surfing history and gender mix (p > 0.05). Surfers aware of the preventability of exostoses (66 per cent) were more likely to use water precautions than those who were not (38 per cent) (p < 0.01). Two surfers used water precautions regularly and 48 used them occasionally. Sixty-one of the 76 surfers who did not use water precautions (ear plugs) suggested they would consider doing so in the future.

Conclusion:

Awareness of the preventability of surfer's ear was associated with greater use of water precautions. Further research should explore reasons for the low uptake of such precautions. Most surfers not already using ear plugs would consider doing so in the future.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr V M Reddy, ENT Department, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro TR1 3LJ, UK E-mail: vmreddy@doctors.net.uk

Footnotes

Hide All

Presented at the South West ENT Academic Meeting, 4 June 2010, Bath, UK

Footnotes

References

Hide All
1Timofeev, I, Notkina, N, Smith, IM. Exostoses of the external auditory canal: a long-term follow-up study of surgical treatment. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci 2004;29:588–94
2Zoltan, TB, Taylor, KS, Achar, SA. Health issues for surfers. Am Fam Phys 2005;71:2313–17
3Chaplin, JM, Stewart, IA. The prevalence of exostoses in the external auditory meatus of surfers. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci 1998;23:326–30
4Hurst, W, Bailey, M, Hurst, B. Prevalence of external auditory canal exostoses in Australian surfboard riders. J Laryngol Otol 2004;118:348–51
5Umeda, Y, Nakajima, M, Yoshioka, H. Surfer's ear in Japan. Laryngoscope 1989;99:639–41
6Deleyiannis, FW, Cockcroft, BD, Pinczower, EF. Exostoses of the external auditory canal in Oregon surfers. Am J Otolaryngol 1996;17:303–7
7Harrison, DFN. The relationship of osteomata of the external auditory meatus to swimming. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 1962;31:187201
8DiBartolomeo, JR. Exostoses of the external auditory canal. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1979;88(suppl 61):120
9Seftel, DM. Ear canal hyperostosis – surfer's ear. An improved surgical technique. Arch Otolaryngol 1977;103:5860
10Hetzler, DG. Osteotome technique for removal of symptomatic ear canal exostoses. Laryngoscope 2007;117:114
11Hurst, WB. A review of 64 operations for removal of exostoses of the external ear canal. Aust J Otolaryngol 2001;4:187–90

Keywords

Related content

Powered by UNSILO

Surfers' awareness of the preventability of ‘surfer's ear’ and use of water precautions

  • V M Reddy (a1), T Abdelrahman (a1), A Lau (a1) and P M Flanagan (a1)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.