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Old 10-09-2009
rjsteadman rjsteadman is offline
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Hi all,

Upon leaving the pool today, an older lady who had been watching me from one of the loungers asked me if I wore anything in my ears in the pool. I said, no, I have never done. She recommended that I do, as she had been forced to quit swimming due to ear problems.

Is this common? Do a lot of swimmers wear ear plugs? It's got me wondering now. I've never had any problems with my ears after swimming.

Thanks,
Robert.
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Old 10-09-2009
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Hi all,

Upon leaving the pool today, an older lady who had been watching me from one of the loungers asked me if I wore anything in my ears in the pool. I said, no, I have never done. She recommended that I do, as she had been forced to quit swimming due to ear problems.

Is this common? Do a lot of swimmers wear ear plugs? It's got me wondering now. I've never had any problems with my ears after swimming.

Thanks,
Robert.
In my experience, one has to be careful. I tend to get inflammation of the external ear from time to time, and it has a propensity, once you have it, to return. I now use a swimming cap and make sure it covers my ears. Some water will still get in, but it doesn't 'flow' continuously in and out. I will also try plugs soon.

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Old 10-09-2009
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I started swimming around the month of May and had ear problems twice. I started using ear plugs -- Aqua Sphere -- and this has helped. I started wearing a cap as of yesterday.

I had a slight reoccurrence of redness last week and just stayed out of the pool until yesterday. I also put drops in my ear afterwards. I use Swim Ear that I got from a grocery store.

I'm trying different things before I have to change the amount of time that I spend in the pool. Next steps are to see a specialist and then change where I swim (in case the place that I swim has unusually dirty water).
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Covering the ears with swim caps could get opposite result: water enters the ears but are hard to get out, that's why after a lap I often have to get the water out of my ears if the cap covers too much of my ears. If the earpluggs are of low quality, it may have similar result. I would be interested to know some confirmed reliable ear plugs.
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sorry for the dumb question but being new to the forums i cannot figure out how to make a new post...
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sorry for the dumb question but being new to the forums i cannot figure out how to make a new post...
You will know if you unplug your ears
Seriously, just pick a topic and click on "New thread".
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Old 10-10-2009
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I use ear plugs - with two caps - only to help maintain warmth when water temp drops to lower 60s or below. To avoid ear infection when swimming in warmer water, I regularly use ear drops after swimming.
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