When it comes to a super-satisfying swim session, our own Dr. Ellen Hunter — a Collegiate All-American swimmer and Hall of Famer at her alma mater, the College of Wooster — knows all about taking care of your ears while enjoying time in the water. It’s one of the many reasons we’re passionate about swim molds, which can make a big difference in keeping the good times going while working on your backflips and butterfly stroke.
Swimmers’ earplugs are designed to keep moisture from entering your ear canal. They also provide noise reduction, though they’re not a substitute for hearing-protection earplugs. The best part? We can create custom swim molds for your own unique ears, helping ensure a snug, comfortable fit that keeps the water out. They’re washable, too!
Here are three other key things to know about swimmers’ earplugs:
They Help Protect Against Ear Infection
Ears and moisture don’t always mix. Otitis externa, an outer-ear infection also known as “swimmer’s ear,” is typically caused by bacterial or fungal growth when the skin in the ear canal potentially becomes irritated from activities such as swimming. Though treatable, the condition can lead to temporary hearing loss and other problems, so prevention matters. Using quality, properly inserted earplugs helps keep the water — and the threat of infection — out of your ears.
They’re Not Just for Swimmers
Earplugs can be your best friend when it comes to protecting your ears in water, but did you know they’re not just for swimming? That’s right! Folks who work outside in the heat all day, for example, can also use earplugs to keep the sweat away, so it’s good to have a couple extra pairs at home, the job site, or other convenient storage spots. Remember: If your ears have a chance of getting wet, protective earplugs are one of your best bets.
They’re a Solution for Adults and Children
You might think swimmers’ earplugs are just for grown-ups. Not so fast! Water in the ears can also pose a problem for kids, who are typically more vulnerable to ear infections than adults. Inserting earplugs before a swimming session or at bath time, keeping your child’s ear canals clean, and drying the ears after any amount of time in the water or other moist environment can help curb the risk of infection. And remember: Always use clean hands when inserting earplugs into your or your child’s ears.
Now that you know how swimmers’ earplugs can help support your hearing health, isn’t it time to get a pair made just for you? Don’t wait! Contact our expert team at Family Audiology Associates today to schedule your custom swim mold appointment. We’re proud to help fellow community members like you in St. Marys and Celina, Ohio, hear their best — and swim their best!