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Earplugs for Swimming

Introducing earplugs specifically designed for swimming, essential for anyone who enjoys life in the water. These earplugs provide effective protection against water entering the ears, helping to prevent potential infections and maintaining good ear health. Ensure your swimming experience is comfortable and worry-free with proper ear protection.

Updated: 11th July 2024

Benefits of earplugs for swimming

Prevent swimmer's ear

Earplugs keep water out, reducing the risk of swimmer's ear (otitis externa).

Reduce ear infection risk

They block water, lowering the chance of bacterial or fungal ear infections.

Maintain ear health

Earplugs protect the ear canal's cleanliness and natural balance from water exposure.

Lifespan and maintenance

Swimming earplugs are designed to withstand repeated use in water whilst protecting your ears from infections and water ingress. Here’s what you need to know about their lifespan and maintenance:


The lifespan of swimming earplugs can vary depending on several factors:

Frequency of use: regular swimmers may need to replace their earplugs more frequently compared to occasional swimmers.
Material quality: high-quality materials like silicone or specialised polymers are more durable and can prolong the lifespan of earplugs.
Maintenance: proper care and cleaning can extend the lifespan of earplugs significantly.

Generally, well-maintained swimming earplugs can last several months to a few years, depending on usage and care.


Maintenance tips

To maximise the lifespan of your swimming earplugs:

Clean after each use: rinse the earplugs thoroughly with clean water after swimming to remove chlorine, saltwater, or other contaminants.
Dry thoroughly: allow the earplugs to air dry completely before storing them.
Store properly: keep earplugs in a clean, dry case when not in use to prevent dirt, dust, or damage.
Avoid harsh chemicals: use mild soap and water for cleaning; avoid alcohol-based cleaners or harsh chemicals that may degrade the earplug material.


Durability assurance

High-quality swimming earplugs are engineered to endure frequent use in water environments. They are crafted from durable materials that maintain their shape and performance over time, ensuring reliable protection and comfort.

By following these maintenance practices, you can prolong the lifespan of your swimming earplugs and continue to enjoy swimming with enhanced ear protection. Regularly inspect your earplugs for signs of wear and replace them as needed to maintain optimal performance and hygiene.

Dive into comfort and protection

Investing in swimming earplugs is a simple yet effective way to safeguard your ears and optimise your swimming sessions. Whether you swim competitively or for leisure, prioritising ear protection ensures you can enjoy swimming safely and with greater comfort.

Equip yourself with swimming earplugs to dive into comfort, enhance your swimming experience, and safeguard your ear health for years to come. Discover the benefits today and enjoy your aquatic adventures whilst prioritising your ear health.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use normal earplugs for swimming?

Regular earplugs are not suitable for swimming as they are not designed to keep water out of the ears. Swimming earplugs are specifically made from waterproof materials to prevent water from entering the ear canal.

What are the best earplugs to keep water out of your ears?

The best earplugs for keeping water out of your ears are those specifically designed for swimming. They are made from waterproof materials and are shaped to fit snugly into the ear canal, forming a tight seal against water.

Can using earplugs affect my swimming performance?

Properly fitted swimming earplugs should not negatively impact your swimming performance. In fact, they can enhance comfort by reducing water pressure in the ears and may improve focus by minimising distractions.

What are the top features swimmers should look for in earplugs?

Swimmers should look for earplugs that offer:

  • Waterproof materials to prevent water entry.
  • Comfortable and secure fit.
  • Ability to maintain situational awareness (ability to hear important sounds).
  • Durability for repeated use in water.

Are there different types of earplugs for different types of swimming (e.g., casual swimming vs. competitive swimming)?

Yes, there are earplugs designed specifically for different types of swimming activities. Casual swimmers may prefer softer, more comfortable earplugs, whilst competitive swimmers might prioritise earplugs that offer a secure fit and minimal drag in the water.

Can you still hear with swimming earplugs?

Yes, swimming earplugs are designed to keep water out while allowing you to hear important sounds, such as instructions from coaches or safety signals. They often feature special filters that maintain situational awareness.

How do I keep my swimming earplugs from falling out?

Ensure a proper fit: insert the earplugs correctly into the ear canal to create a tight seal.
Use earplugs with a secure design: look for earplugs that have a flanged or ergonomic shape that helps them stay in place.
Consider using a headband or swim cap: these accessories can help keep earplugs secure during vigorous swimming sessions.

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Written By:
Emma Jarvis

Digital Optimisation Lead

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Medically Reviewed By:
Mahtab Kayani
Audiology Expert