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Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by Coldiver1, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Coldiver1

    Coldiver1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New York
    I have made over 3000 dives since 1985. In the last few years I have had trouble equalizing in my right ear. My ENT checked it out and stated that I had Exotosis (extra bone growth in the ear due to frequent cold water diving). There is a medical proceedure to scrape the bone growth out. Has anyone encountered this problem and what have you done about it?
  2. j yaeger

    j yaeger PADI Pro

    # of Dives:
    Location: Canton, New York, United States
    never had the problem,but...
    i always dive with a hood
    bald head...
    the water stays warm by my ears
    good luck
  3. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seussville
    The ENT conducting the surgery may choose one of two entries: transcanal (through the ear canal) vs. postauricular (behind the ear). It appears that the best long-term outcome is associated with the postauricular procedure.

    Joni Doherty here at UCSD has composed a nice essay on exostoses. It should answer a lot of your questions about the condition and its treatment. Hope this info helps...
  4. Coldiver1

    Coldiver1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New York
    Thanks for the article. Seems like a lot of trouble to go through now at my age. But I will research the MD's around here and see what they think.


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