Swim molds are specialized earplugs crafted from waterproof silicone that create a tight seal, which blocks water from flowing past the outer ear. They are customized for your ears to ensure a tight, snug fit in the ear canal. Swimmer’s earmolds aren’t just for swimmers; they’re useful for a wide variety of water activities. Custom swim molds are used for activities such as:
- Jet skiing.
- Canoeing and kayaking.
- Paddle boarding.
- Bathing and showering.
- Attending waterparks.
- Doing water aerobics.
Custom swim molds offer protection from several major ear-related health problems, including outer ear infections and surfer’s ear. Ear infections are a problem for patients of all ages, though they’re particularly prevalent in children.
Otitis externa, or an outer ear infection, is also known as swimmer’s ear. Outer ear infections can have several different causes, but water exposure is one of the most prominent.
Otitis Externa or Swimmer’s Ear: This is an infection of the outer ear that can cause itching, swelling, drainage and pain. Swimmer’s ear almost always needs to be treated with topical antibiotic eardrops. While this condition isn’t infectious between people, infected water in swimming pools and other water areas is its most common cause. Swimmer’s ear is completely preventable with the use of well-fitting custom swim plugs.
- Exostosis or Surfer’s Ear: Exostosis is the name for a condition that causes abnormal bone growth in the ear canal. This bone growth is usually caused by water exposure in combination with cold temperatures and wind – conditions that are commonly experienced in many outdoor water sports. Surfer’s ear can result in a blocked ear canal and ear infections. It develops over time, so precautionary measures like swim molds are the best protection for water sport athletes.
Call Comprehensive ENT at (804) 228-4480 for more information.