Swimming Ear Plugs

Been getting some problems with my ears that it seems are not entirely just related to me getting old and are more likely to be due to the manky water at the local pool.  Any recomendations on good swim ear plugs ?.. i realise that what suits one wont necessarily suit all .. But would appreciate any guidance from those of you that have used them .. cheers folks  
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  • I read the reviews on Wiggle and then went for the mouldable plastic ones. I only used them in OW though and they did the job just fine. They generally stayed in place image
  • Bit like goggle i'm afraid and you need to try a few to find our which ones are the best

    the mouldable ones were no good for me so I use the speedo plug ones

    Suffered a bit with ear trouble in the early days but no troubles since
  • I just get cheep ones from the pharmacy
  • cheap speedo plug ones (and they have stopped me throwing up on OW swims)
  • Boots wax ones.

    Or a neoprene gimp hat...........
  • +1 for the mouldable ones from Wiggle. But I've got stupidly small ears, so no others would fit.
  • Thanks for the feedback all..as I feared then, with no obvious stand out winner . Ear plug Trials will begin tomorrow then . Also been recommended something called "swim ear" solution to help dissipate any water that does get in .
  • I use Zoggs Aqua Plugz for early season open water. Work nicely for me - as long as I put the in the correct ear image
  • I always used the Speedo plugs that looked like a honey spoon but they stopped making them some time ago (although I still have some) as they were always the best fit at the time, but I've since switched to mouldable ones and they do a sterling job at keeping water out. Decathlon sell packs of 4 for not much £.
  • WildWill.... wrote (see)
    I just get cheep ones from the pharmacy


    The only thing about the cheap earplugs is that they have a habit of falling out, nothing worse than finding someones yellow ear plug floating around the swimming pool, its like a twisted kiss chase

     If I had to choose then it would have to be a high quality, purely to save the embarrassment of loosing one, plus they get rid of ear infections a but quicker 

     The price difference isn't that  much between a cheap pair from somewhere like boots which is over a £5 http://www.boots.com/en/ClearEars-Water-Absorbing-Ear-Plugs-5-Pairs_983957/ compared to somewhere who actually specialise  like http://www.allearplugs.com/ear-plugs/swimming-earplugs/

  • I'm watching this thread with interest... I usually buy Zoggs or Speedo cheapies online (£2-£3) but in batches of three as my 'leaky' right is also tends to have plugs escape from it on a frequent basis.  If anyone has issue with left side, I have about ten spare at home!!

    Would like to find plugs that stay in place as losing £2 a month in OW is not a problem unless it's in first few minutes of hour+ swim, which then becomes incredibly annoying.


    Rw

  • PRW - the only ones I could keep in were the older Speedo honey stirrer type - everything else just floated off. they were similar to the Speedo Biofuse ones but with a straight peg, but they stopped making them some time ago and nobody else does anything similar now.

    EDIT: just found these - http://www.comfyearplugs.com/macks-aquablock-ear-plugs.html

    then I tried mouldable ones and they work fine as well so perhaps try them??
  • so update from my side... tried the mouldable ones ... bit of a faff to get in and out , but worked well enough once in ... no good for the coached sessions though i think as needed to take them out to hear instruction , and a real fiddle to get to re-seal . 

    Got some of the macks aquablock ones , trying those this eve ... although the trial run in the bath last night was very succesful image

  • Slagiatt wrote (see)

    so update from my side... tried the mouldable ones ... bit of a faff to get in and out , but worked well enough once in ... no good for the coached sessions though i think as needed to take them out to hear instruction , and a real fiddle to get to re-seal . 

    Got some of the macks aquablock ones , trying those this eve ... although the trial run in the bath last night was very succesful image
    Let us know how you go on, will be interesting
  • I burst my eardum a few montshs ago and have been having problems since even though its aparantly fully healed.. ive tried a load of earplugs. The zoggs mouldable silicone ones were ok, but its hard to tell when theyre about to fall out, also couldnt hear a thing with them in. The cheep ones in boots are a bit big and stiff, so didnt fit properly and were uncomfortable. Those macks ones were the set ive ended up sticking with, easy to put in/out and they dont fallout either. they look like the boots ones, but are a lot softer so easier to insert and get a good seal, and you can mostly hear what you're being told to do even with them still in image
  • Update from my side ... Ear issue got worse so didn't swim, saw doc again who says possibly perforated .. Have ENT follow next week so will see then ..the macks earplugs remain untested for at least another week ...not great training , nut forces me to run a bit more instead which frankly is no bad thing given my present running ability .
  • Recently i bought a pair of ear plugs from safetydirect.Really they are very helpful to me and helped a lot for my insnomia.They are Disposable or reusable, easy-to-clean earplugs with plastic carrier and also Ideal for hardhats - can be worn with band under the chin or behind the neck,If you  want you can visit that website.Many varieties are there. I rellay enjoyed shopping online in that website www.safetydirect.ie

  • Alfred very interesting have you personally tried these for swimming? I'm not sure I like the idea of a chin strap that could get caught in another swimmers hand and then yanked with force so that I get a flooding sensation in my ears...
  • Whether I have odd shaped ears or not I don't know but the standard zoggs earplugs do the trick for me & were recommended to me by a few other people who love them as well - but as trogs says you have to get them the right way round tho image



    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/zoggs-aqua-plugz/



    Slagiatt - how are you getting on now?
  • +2 for zoggs aqua plugs
  • Hi Shas , well i tried a few but the ones that seen to work best for me are the Macks aquablock ones .. pretty comfortable .. a little fiddly to get in but not too bad. They are about 4 or 5 quid for 2 pairs from Amazon and fleabay .  No further ear issues so swimming back on track .. just the cycling and running that are a mess now image

    No chinstrap though image


  • The only thing about the cheap earplugs is that they have a habit of falling out, nothing worse than finding someones yellow ear plug floating around the swimming pool, its like a twisted kiss chase

     

    I was chased around the pool this morning by a used plaster, it was like a scene from Jaws ( I screamed like a shark attack victim). I got to the edge safely and was comforted by the pool guard who heroically got the big net out.

  • I jsut use cheep ones .. from local chemist and have no problems even for swims up to 4hrs

  • We have gone through and lost quite a lot over last few years but whilst doing the rounds of home bargains last week for cleaning stuff i found they also had the silicon ones we normally use - 79p for 6, i have pixy ears so split them in half and OH just loses them so they are helpful being bright orange! (worth a try and loads cheaper than everywhere else!) image 

  • I had some made by my hospital ENT department (they usually make them for children) after a couple of years of recurrent ear infections. £20 they cost me, a bargain. Worth asking...

  • I have lost count of the amount of swimming goggles i have left.  I too have little pixie ears and have trouble finding earplugs that don't come out.   Finally, found some that are brill.  Speedos.  Very difficult to describe ..... i'd say they are shaped like little umbrellas. image

  • I have recently bought some speedo ear plugs, I forget I have them in most of the time...................Pardon ?

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