How do I protect my ears when swimming?
- 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.
- Shower after your swim and dry both ears as chlorine in water is a drying agent.
- 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
- Earplugs – inserted into the ear for inner ear protection.
- Swimming ear band – completely covers the outer ear and has a splash-proof seal.
- 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.