Swimming Ear Plugs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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When using effective swimming ear plugs, a tight seal is formed between the plug and skin, keeping water out of the ear completely. In order for that to happen, the material of the plug must be able to expand to fit the ear exactly, with no gaps or uneven expansion. While cheap ear plugs made from plastic or foam will expand to fill the ear canal, only ear protection made from a higher quality material will expand to fit the ear so tightly that a waterproof seal is formed.

Beeswax, a common ingredient in swimming ear plugs, is highly effective at forming a waterproof seal. That seal is the best defense against ear infections like swimmer's ear, which is caused by residual water trapped in the ear canal. The tight fit and waterproof seal also insures that the earplug stays snugly in place during races and even dives.

Molded ear plugs offer a compact shape and in-ear design that is unobtrusive and won't hinder a swimmer's pace. They are easy to remove, and easy to replace. Though they will never fall apart, swimmers will often carry more than one pair to competitions, just in case.

Other Varieties of Swimming Ear Plugs

Along with molded ear plugs, the triple flange design is also common. This design, usually made from silicone, has three small flanges that help from a seal with the ear. Also sold are earplugs attached to a band that fits around the swimmer's head.

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