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7 June 2017 at 3:15PM

Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

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Marie-Josée Paul
In: Helping relationship

Ah, swimming! What could be more fun on a warm summer’s day? While taking a dip can be greatly relaxing and fun, it can also bring on unwanted outer ear infections, also known as swimmer’s ear. Luckily, there’s a very simple solution to prevent swimmer’s ear: swimming ear plugs.

 

The Solution: Swimming Ear Plugs

Specially designed for swimmers who want to protect their ears, these fitted ear plugs prevent water from entering the ear canal and causing discomfort.

 

When to Wear Them?

These ear plugs are especially recommended for swimming enthusiasts and for those who are prone to outer ear infections. They are often prescribed to children and adults with perforated eardrums or who have had ear tubes put in. These ear plugs are designed to be used in pools and can also be used for water sports and other activities, like showering, or even for protecting sensitive ears from strong winds.

 

Warning

Ear plugs are not recommended for scuba diving. During a dive, the ear plug could damage the eardrum due to the high underwater pressure.

 

About Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear will affect approximately one person out of ten in the course of their life. This local infection affects the skin of the internal ear canal or of the auricle. The humidity from repeated in-water activities exposes the ear to this type of infection. The canals that secrete cerumen can become obstructed if the ear is not dried properly. This sets the stage for bacteria buildup.

 

Ear Plugs Fitted to Your Ears

Turn to a hearing care professional for quality ear plugs that are fitted to your ears. Your hearing care professional will provide you with valuable advice for using and caring for your ear plugs. Enjoy your swim!