Surfers Ear

I decided to Google surfers ear to find a pic to put with this post. I’m not sure what I thought I was going to find but there were some pretty gross looking things. The inner ear is not a looker so instead of been put off and immediately closing this page I went with this nice clean diagram.

Why I’m blogging about surfers ear? Well after about 10 years of the doctors telling me that my ears were really bad and that I would have to get them drilled, it got to a point where I simply couldn’t put it off any longer. My ears were 90% grown closed and had about 50% hearing… awesome when I’m wanting to sleep in and ignore Bella (my food obsessed labrador) telling me it’s breakfast time but not so cool when I’m trying to negotiate a deal on the phone…

To put it simply surfers ear is basically a defense mechanism. When the ear is subjected to cold water and wind it decides to protect the inner ear by growing closed. Unfortunately it grows closed with bone and has to be drilled and chipped open, awesome! So here i am, two days after the op, both ears blocked, stuffed with cotton wool and a couple myprodols for company… haha, it’s really not that bad.  I should have hearing back in a few days. Worst part is that you out the water for 6 weeks, no getting the ears wet… very strict instructions from Dr Williams. Ok maybe it’s not the best time of the year for surf but it’s 40 degrees out side, come on…