An international surfing mecca, Santa Cruz is also distinctive as a world center for "surfer's ear," a serious condition that affects hearing. Medically known as "exostosis of the external auditory canal," surfer's ear is caused by repeated exposure to cold water and wind. Douglas Hetzler, M.D. an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is one of a handful of California physicians using a minimally invasive technique to remove such bone growth.
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