Swimmer's Ear

What is swimmer’s ear?

Infection can occur in the outer ear when dirty water gets trapped in the ear canal. In this moist and warm environment, bacteria can multiply quickly causing irritation and infection of the ear canal.

As the name suggests, it typically occurs in swimmers and surfers, but bathing or showering can also contribute to this very common infection. In very severe cases, the ear canal may swell enough to close up leading to temporary hearing loss.

How do I know if I have a problem?

The main symptoms of swimmer’s ear are

  • Itchy ears
  • Redness inside the war
  • Swelling in the ear canal
  • Discomfort or pains in your ears and/or when you move our jaw
  • Discharge from the ear

What treatment is available?

A prescription for ear drops is the most common treatment, so you should always consult a medical professional if you think you have swimmers ear.

If you are prone to swimmer’s ear you can purchase custom made swimmer’s ear plugs from our branches. Designed to give the most effective blocking from water, the earplugs fit deep into the ear canal and cover the bowl of the ear. The left earplug is blue whilst the right is manufactured in red silicon, they are easy to recognise and insert into the correct ear.

Find out more about our swimmer’s ear plugs here.