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  • #721
    tyensen
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    Are many people actually getting surfer’s ear during the spring/winter/fall (or any other cold times of the year) paddling season? I’ve heard some people talk about this in the eddy lines, I’m wondering how widespread it is?

    #14895
    BernardLong
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    I seldom hear of someone suffering from surfers ear ,but many complaining of ear infections and ear aches,I personally use doc’s pro plugs as I prefer the preventive aproach, rather be safe than sorry,after wearing the plugs a couple of times you get used to them .

    #14896
    pmiln099
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    Surfer’s ear is a concussive injury resulting from the force of water being blasted into the ear canal. It’s similar to what might happen to your ear after standing too close to the speakers at a loud concert. It can happen to kayakers all year round and it’s not related to the cold. What kayakers more often suffer from are ear infections resulting from stagnant water hanging around in the ear canal and breeding bacteria (that probably live in the water). This too is not related to the cold and is probably more common in warmer water than in cold, since warm water will host more living nasties than cold water will. Maybe ear problems are more common in the spring b/c paddlers haven’t adapted to the conditions yet after being out of the water for some months? Either way, ear plugs will help in both cases.

    #14897
    Bobbie
    Participant

    I bought ear plugs, but I find my hoodie does a good job of keeping the water from splashing in my ears…

    I had an ear infection in late spring last year (maybe connected to paddling… I’m not sure… I had a cold too…)

    ~R

    #14898
    pg
    Participant

    I have been paddling through out the winter for the last 6 years, and spring boating for another 6 and have never had problems. I do have a dive hood for winter time and wear ear plugs[disposable yellow ones] so they stay dry mostly unless Im getting worked somewhere strong.
    I had understood it was a condition brought on by frequent cold water emersions that caused the ear canal to grow or swell it self shut ?

    #14899
    tyensen
    Participant

    My understanding was that it was an injury from cold water immersion that caused bone growth in the ear canal as well (not a concussive injury – but I’m not a medical doctor). I think there was something on it in Rapid mag last month, but they may not have their medical facts right either.
    I’ve heard of people complaining about some hearing loss, but when I heard about the bone growth thing it sounded kinda scary.

    #14900
    Anonymous
    Participant

    A doctor just look at my ears 3 days ago… and I ask about that to finally learn that I suffers from surfer ears.

    I had many ear infection in the pass but it’s not the same. Surfer ears is a way foy your body to protect your eardrum (tympanum) against the cold water. Calcium try to build like a new bone to make a fence in front or your eardrum. You don’t need a shock or pressure, only the cold water.

    In my case, I have 3 small bumps in each ears (really small, just the beginning) but I still have some hearing loss since the last few years! So imagine if I don’t do nothing about it!

    I paddle a lot in cold water since the last 13 years (I live in quebec city), I use a neoprene lid in spring season but still…. Now, you can make sure I buy some Doctor proplug for the season

    Think about it! Me I’m gonna make the move

    see you on the river

    dominic

    #14901
    tyensen
    Participant

    Thanks Dominic, that’s good first hand information. Definately something to think seriously about!

    #14902
    Anonymous
    Participant

    byt he way, a another name for surfer ears is Exostosis. Talk to your doctor about it if your suffer from hearing loss.. The doctor only have to look in your ear, that’s it!

    dominic

    #14903
    Anonymous
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    "Anonymous":2bo8drl1 wrote:
    byt he way, a another name for surfer ears is Exostosis. Talk to your doctor about it if your suffer from hearing loss.. The doctor only have to look in your ear, that’s it!

    dominic[/quote:2bo8drl1]

    #14904
    tyensen
    Participant

    Thanks again. So far I’m okay (as far as I know) – but it would be nice to keep it that way.

    #14905
    Anonymous
    Participant

    I’ve always used earplugs and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t even think about paddling in our toxic and shit infested rivers without them. Consider all the crap that runs off the land and into your ears, nose and mouth during the melt down. I always take a good belt of strong whiskey after every run. By the time you’ve done 15 or 20 you’re well disinfected. A great alternative to ear plugs is a waterproof MP3 player with waterproof earbuds made by Oregon scientific.

    #14906
    Anonymous
    Participant

    I’ve had Exostosis for many years and have not suffered hearing loss from it. A few years back there was an Exostosis survey happening at Gauley Fest. They had fibre optics for viewing the inner ear; was nasty to see!

    #14907
    tyensen
    Participant

    Okay, attach some jpegs – let’s see… On second thought na.

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