From swimming laps in the pool to surfing left-handers, submerging your ears is a given with most water activities. While the arrival of summer means even more splash-happy fun, it’s important to be aware of the side-effects of overexposing your ears to H2O.
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One of the most common side effects of overexposure to water is swimmer’s ear. The infection targets the outer ear canal and occurs when water creates a moist environment that supports bacterial growth.
While mild cases of swimmer’s ear can cause muffled hearing and tickling sensations, serious infection can lead to intense itching, severe pain, swelling of the lymph node and deep-tissue infection. The risk of developing swimmer’s ear is heightened in hot and humid climates, like Australia, with moisture in the air preventing the ears from drying out naturally.
Thrills & Spills
For water sports enthusiasts, the danger of rupturing an eardrum is very real. From bailing on a five-foot wave to flying off a sea biscuit, hitting the water at high speed can cause serious damage to the eardrum. Ruptured eardrums can cause infections in the middle ear and lead to more serious complications, including damage to the brain or nerves.
Exposure to the elements
Exostosis externa, also known as surfer’s ear, is a condition that’s all too common among water sports lovers. To combat surfer’s ear, the body produces bone in the ear canal to protect itself against the wind, water and cold temperatures that surfers, sailors, jet skiers and other extreme water sports buffs expose themselves to. This can cause wax, water and other material to become trapped in the ear, causing pain and possible infection.
When it comes to protecting your ears from conditions like swimmer’s ear and exostosis externa, prevention is the best method. With so many fantastic products available, there’s no reason why your summer should be plagued with ear discomfort.
Here are some of the best products for protecting your ears:
Alpine SwimSafe Earplugs have a clever design that prevents water from entering the ear canal, without muffling ambient sounds. This makes them an ideal choice for scenarios where communication is key. Think surfing with friends, attending swim squad training or racing yachts.
Engineered with water sports enthusiasts in mind, Alpine Surfsafe Earplugs for Surfers uses soft and flexible AlpineThermoShape™ material to ensure a perfect fit. These Alpine ear plugs offer robust protection against surfer’s ear, as well as general damage from water and wind.
Children often experience earache and ear infection. Developed by hearing specialists, Pluggies Kids earplugs prevent water from getting into the ears during swimming, showering, water sports and bathing. Alpine Pluggies Kids Earplugs are specially designed for children aged between three and twelve years.
Designed to seal out both water and noise, Mack’s Ear Seals Earplugs are simple, yet effective. The plugs boast a noise reduction rating of 27dB, one of the highest on the commercial market.
Forgot to wear your earplugs? Get rid of excess water with Mack’s Dry-n-Clear Ear Drying Aid. The unique formula actively dries out H2O and relieves discomfort caused by water-clogged ears. Use after swimming, surfing, scuba diving and other general water activities.
Ramp up your protection with the Mack’s Ear Band for Swimming. This premium-quality neoprene band keeps your earplugs in place and prevents water from entering the canal. The adjustable velcro band promises a secure fit for children and adults.
Constructed with a soft and flexible silicone putty, Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Waterproof Ear Plugs fit like a glove. They mould to the contours of your ears to create a watertight seal that protects against swimmer’s ear and other water-related infections.