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Earplugs - Why Bother Wearing Them?

Earplugs - Why Bother Wearing Them?

Important, important, important, I can't overemphasize the importance of my next statement, "No earplug is perfect at keeping water out". So why bother with earplugs at all?

Image of 2 children sitting on the edge of the pool wearing headbands to help hold in their ear plugs.
Head Band To Holding Earplugs

Because although it doesn't matter for those who don't have to wear earplugs for medical reasons, far to often it is overlooked for those who do, and it's mostly the children who have no control that suffers.

And then there are those that just don't like water in their ears.

The ear is flexible and never remains static, therefore no matter what sort of earplug you wear you will have regularly gaps opening between the ear canal and the plug.

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When I was a child I had a lot of ear problems, so I know both how important and how annoying earplugs can be.

Nowadays they are more of a nuisance to me so of course, I don't wear earplugs at all, but then I don't need them these days as my ears drain very well and can you imagine a swimming teacher trying to teach swimming with earplugs: although I have to admit, it may be advantages with some children who seem bent on screaming just for pleasure.

Taking into account all the above, it is worthwhile to talk about all the different types of earplugs, their advantages and disadvantages because there are much difference between them and the technology has changed a whole lot since I was wearing them when I was young.


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