Should You Wear Earplugs for Swimming ?

Do you love swimming? Are you most comfortable underwater? Do you want to continue the enjoyment of swimming? We suggest that you take precautions like protecting your ears with swimming earplugs.

Are we all created equal, it seems not!

If you are a swimmer, you have to take care to prevent water from getting into your ears in order to keep infections away. Some people can swim without the need for ear protection, but for those who have perforated eardrums, wearing swimming earplugs is imperative. Why is there such a big difference?

The external auditory canals come in different forms. Some people have external auditory canals that are narrow, while others have wider ear canals which let water in easier.

Even so, all swimmers can get “swimmer’s ear” or outer ear infections at any time.

Do you know about “swimmer’s ear”?

Any act of bathing can result in an outer ear infection. Therefore, some water will stay in the external auditory canal which results in dampness and can ultimately lead to natural bacterial and fungal growth. There are other ways of getting swimmer’s ear besides bathing.

Ear canal irritation can also cause outer ear infections, which could be a result of overusing cotton buds, which can trigger the build-up of earwax and dead skin cells. But, the earwax in the external ear canal is a barrier to infection and dampness.

Why do you need to wear swimming earplugs?

Swimmer’s ear isn’t usually serious, but it is important to protect yourself from the accompanying inconveniences!

Below are the advantages of wearing swimming earplugs:

  • They stop water from getting into the auditory canal;
  • They protect against earaches;
  • They guard against both ear infections and irritations;
  • They allow users to have fun with swimming even when they have a perforated eardrum.

Even so, a number of safeguards should be used whenever wearing swimming earplugs, like refraining from submerging your head too deeply.

According to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the deeper you dive underwater, the water pressure on the eardrum greatly increases. Consequently, people are in danger of harming their eardrum at depths of over 1 meter. Take this warning seriously!

Photo Credit: “Far Western” (CC BY 2.0) by jdlasica

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