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The author shares his experience with “surfer’s ear,” or exotoses, an affliction common to cold water surfers, including treatments used in years past to the most common procedures used today. Morals of the story: early treatment of that bony growth in your ear reduces surgical risk and a $15 pair of earplugs is less expensive than medical treatment.