Swim Season is Around the Corner: Protect Your Ears!

Does your family frequently swim in a pool or lake during the summer? Is your child on a swim team? Has your child ever had swimmer's ear? Recurrent ear infections? Tubes? If you answered yes to any of these, this post is for you!

Swimmer's ear, also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa, is an infection in the outer ear canal (running from your eardrum to the outside of your head). The most common cause of swimmer's ear is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming. Usually, you can treat swimmer's ear with eardrops, but it can wreak havoc on your fun summer plans if you have kids who love to be in the water.

There are many different types of ear plugs. The trial-and-error process to determine which ones work and fit best can be quite frustrating for parents. Not to mention generic swim plugs can be difficult to insert and uncomfortable for children. Since this is our area of expertise and we've spent many years testing different products, we highly recommend the AquaSeal Custom Floatable Swim Plugs. These are custom molded swim plugs that have easy-grip molded handles for placement and removal; "right" and "left" markings; and are made with a soft, velvety silicone. Kids love them because they get to pick the color, or color(s), to match their swimsuits, swim team or just their fun personalities. Parents love them because they're bright (read: easy to find), they float (again, easy to find), and they keep ears perfectly clean and dry. With AquaSeal swim plugs, we simply take an impression of the ear (a quick, easy and painless procedure), send off the impression with the color choice(s) and then the new ear plugs arrive 7-10 days later. 

If you're interested in scheduling an appointment or learning more, feel free to call us. Don't wait until the last minute; swim season is right around the corner!