Should you wear ear plugs when swimming?

How do I protect my ears when swimming?

Do:

  1. Wear a tight fitting silicon swimming cap. This reduces the amount of water entering your ears. More protection can be achieved by using ear plugs.
  2. Shower after your swim and dry both ears as chlorine in water is a drying agent.
  3. Clean and sterilise your ear plugs to avoid growth of bacteria.

How do Olympic swimmers keep water out of their ears?

Keeping water out of the ears

  1. Earplugs – inserted into the ear for inner ear protection.
  2. Swimming ear band – completely covers the outer ear and has a splash-proof seal.
  3. Swim caps – some caps come with “ear pockets” that provide a waterproof seal over the ears.

How do swimmers get water out of their ears?

Use a blow dryer

The heat from a blow dryer can help evaporate the water inside your ear canal. Turn on your blow dryer to its lowest setting. Hold the hair dryer about a foot away from your ear and move it in a back-and-forth motion. While tugging down on your earlobe, let the warm air blow into your ear.

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