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~Patti~
June 4th, 2008, 02:53 PM
I kind of fell of the swimming wagon back in February because every time I swam I felt rotten. I had bad headaches and ear pain I went back yesterday because I miss it entirely too much. Yesterday I felt rotten. A decongestant and motrin helped. Today I used the moldable silicone earplugs and things were better but I needed to adjust them a few times and still got some water. Does anyone have a suggestion for good earplugs?

JMiller
June 4th, 2008, 02:57 PM
You can have your doctor make you some that are molded to the inside of your ear, perhaps you'll see a specialist. I remember growing up there was a guy that trained on our team, and he used those ear plugs because he would get severe ear infections. It's good he had those ear plugs, because he went on to break some scm WR's in backstroke.


I kind of fell of the swimming wagon back in February because every time I swam I felt rotten. I had bad headaches and ear pain I went back yesterday because I miss it entirely too much. Yesterday I felt rotten. A decongestant and motrin helped. Today I used the moldable silicone earplugs and things were better but I needed to adjust them a few times and still got some water. Does anyone have a suggestion for good earplugs?

~Patti~
June 4th, 2008, 03:05 PM
You can have your doctor make you some that are molded to the inside of your ear, perhaps you'll see a specialist. I remember growing up there was a guy that trained on our team, and he used those ear plugs because he would get severe ear infections. It's good he had those ear plugs, because he went on to break some scm WR's in backstroke.

Thanks for the idea. If things get any worse, I'll make an appointment to get the molded plugs. Thinking back my son had those when he was little and had ear tubes.

Midas
June 4th, 2008, 03:07 PM
I use Mack's silicone earplugs. They start working better once you've used them a few times, and you do need to adjustment them from time to time but they work well for me. But I just hate having water in my ears--if water gets in my ear because the earplug isn't completely sealing the opening it's no big deal. I just shake the water out and adjust the earplug...

ALM
June 4th, 2008, 03:07 PM
The flanged style has always worked better for me than the moldable silicone type.

See this link or the photo attachment:

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/4T150

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~Patti~
June 4th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Thanks for the great ideas! I appreciate it!

JimRude
June 4th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Try these:

http://www.proplugs.com/

~Patti~
June 4th, 2008, 09:40 PM
Thanks, I'll check them all out!

gobears
June 5th, 2008, 08:09 AM
Maybe someone here can answer a question for me. I have never had any kind of problem with having water in my ears (and have been a swimmer for over 30 years). My youngest son (who does have tubes) seems to be very bothered by getting water in his ears. Those of you who who have problems with this--what exactly is the feeling that is bothersome? I think I've (perhaps wrongly) assumed he's just not used to the feeling. I've been thinking that it can't possibly hurt and that he'll get over it. Am I totally wrong?

BTW, my ENT doesn't believe in using plugs (for the tubes) unless diving deep in the water or swimming in un-chlorinated water so I've not tried using them. My youngest is only 3 and I don't think he'd like the plugs either...

Glenn
June 5th, 2008, 12:42 PM
I think the suggestion to see a specialist is a good one. That said, I occasionally got ear aches in my left ear. However when I started to put those drops in that evaporate the water I felt better. Now I use the drops daily in my left ear as a matter of course and I haven't had any pain or discomfort for 8 months.

Worth a try after you see a specialist.

anita
June 5th, 2008, 12:46 PM
Does anyone have a suggestion for good earplugs?

I have tried the various types of earplugs and canNOT get them to stay sealed. To me, the only thing worse than having water in my ears is having a small amount in along with an earplug. Drives me insane. So, I go with the naked ears and after each swim use the Mack's drying drops. After a month and a half, no infections, fingers crossed.

When I was a competitive swimmer I would get repeated outer ear infections. I ended up putting cotton in my ears and slathered Vaseline over it until the infection cleared up. And waited until the next one.

Anyway, I hope you are feeling better soon.

anita
June 5th, 2008, 12:49 PM
[quote=gobears;135938]what exactly is the feeling that is bothersome? I think I've (perhaps wrongly) assumed he's just not used to the feeling. I've been thinking that it can't possibly hurt and that he'll get over it. Am I totally wrong?
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For me, it isn't physically painful, but irritating as heck. It deadens my hearing and at the same time, everything echoes, along with an annoying "sloshing" sound inside my ear. While it doesn't hurt, it does deserve sympathy. I think the suggestion of Mack's eardrops is a good one. They don't have to be left in very long to be effective, so a 3 year old could probably deal with them if he realizes he will feel better afterwards.

Midas
June 5th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Maybe someone here can answer a question for me. I have never had any kind of problem with having water in my ears (and have been a swimmer for over 30 years). My youngest son (who does have tubes) seems to be very bothered by getting water in his ears. Those of you who who have problems with this--what exactly is the feeling that is bothersome? I think I've (perhaps wrongly) assumed he's just not used to the feeling. I've been thinking that it can't possibly hurt and that he'll get over it. Am I totally wrong?

BTW, my ENT doesn't believe in using plugs (for the tubes) unless diving deep in the water or swimming in un-chlorinated water so I've not tried using them. My youngest is only 3 and I don't think he'd like the plugs either...

When I was young, I got ear infections from water in my ear (probably because I was too young/stupid to take measures to get the water OUT of my ears after practice (with ear drops)). Therefore I wore ear plugs. After that I just got used to them, and I don't like the feeling of the water coming in and out of my ears while swimming. It's a comfort thing for me and, like your son, I'm just not used to feeling the water in my ear. I don't wear earplugs for races.

gobears
June 5th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the replies. I've done the ear drop thing and my 3 year old doesn't like that either. I hope he gets over this aversion someday!!!

lapswimmr
June 7th, 2008, 10:35 PM
Some people get ear infections/trouble bad and lots of people only are mildly bothered with this swim medical problem which they can treat with home made alchol drops ect.

To prevent "swimmers ear" seal the water out. Macks silicon earplugs a home made "swim band" and a bubble strap cap will do that. the Mack ear plugs should be placed in the ear as a ball not shaped like a bean. I have not had a ear infection in years now but I did get some serious ones till I started using this. Keeps hair dry too.. great for lunch hour swims..

Scroll down to the part about water and ears and..

Always check any tips out with your doctor if theres a medical problem.

http://www.geocities.com/lapswimr/scg.html

mattson
June 10th, 2008, 02:06 PM
For me, it isn't physically painful, but irritating as heck. It deadens my hearing and at the same time, everything echoes, along with an annoying "sloshing" sound inside my ear.

Well said. It is such a relief when I can hear the water draining out after shaking my head (with one ear down).

anita
June 10th, 2008, 02:26 PM
It is such a relief when I can hear the water draining out after shaking my head (with one ear down).

I think that's my favorite part about the whole workout!