Winter weather WARNING: Cold snap could cause painful RINGING in ears and hearing loss

Winter temperatures can cause abnormal bone growths within the ear canal.

The growth, known as ‘surfers ear’ - due to it’s prevalence among surfers in cold water - forms on top of existing bones in the ear. It’s usually found in the ear canal, leading to the eardrum.

The condition, known as exostosis, can lead to hearing loss.

It can cause constant pain among sufferers, and patients have reported hearing a constant ringing in their ears.

GP, and ear medicines brand Earex expert, Dr Roger Henderson, said: “In severe cases, cold weather can cause abnormal bone growths within the ear canal, known as ‘exostosis’.

“This is the body’s way of attempting to protect the ears by creating a barrier against the cold.

“Exostosis can constrict the ear canal, contributing to increased ear wax build-up as the ear can no longer expel earwax effectively.

“This can be heightened in cold weather as wax can harden when ears are exposed to low temperatures, making ears more likely to become blocked.”

In the most serious cases, surfer’s ear could be treated with an operation, known as canalplasty. The surgery aims to widen the ear canal.

Cold temperatures can also cause earwax to become hard. This blocks up the ear canal, and can be very painful, Henderson said.

Those using hearing aids were most at risk of earwax build up this winter, as the presence of a “foreign object” in the ear stimulates the body to make more wax.

A build up of earwax can lead to infections, earache, hearing loss and tinnitus.

The easiest way to remove earwax is by buying over-the-counter eardrops at your local pharmacy.

“I would recommend using an ear drop remedy, such as Earex Advance Ear Drops or Earex Olive Oil Ear Drops, regularly to prevent the build-up of hardened ear wax,” said Henderson.

Other treatments include ear irrigation, where an electric pump pushes water into the ear canal and washes the wax out.

Aural toilet is a procedure which uses a thing instrument with a hoop at the end to clean the ears and scrape the wax out.