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Acute otitis externa (better known as swimmer’s ear) isn’t the only pool-related problem. Paddlers reported 70,435 cases of ear damage in one year. These range from otomycosis, a fungal buildup caused by polluted water, to surfer’s ear, in which prolonged exposure to cold fluid causes bone spurs to grow in the canal. Left untreated, both can lead to permanent hearing loss.

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