Swimming Plugs: 4 Things You Need To Know
Swimming plugs are a great way to keep water out of your ears while swimming. They help prevent infections, earaches, and other problems caused by water staying in your ears for too long. Whether an avid swimmer or a casual swimmer, you should know how to choose the right plugs for your needs and care for them so they last longer!
What Are Swimming Plugs?
Swimming plugs are silicone earplugs designed to protect the ear canal from water by blocking out sound. They're also called earplugs, ear defenders, or ear muffs. Swimming plugs are a must for swimmers who want to protect their ears and still be able to hear underwater.
Swim Plugs Are Available In Several Different Styles And Sizes:
- Classic - The original design blocks out all sound except for vibrations through the bone conductivity of your skull (the same way hearing aids work). This is good for people who don't want any amount of ambient noise while they swim (i.e., those who need absolute silence).
- Sport - These have a more rounded shape than Classic Plugs and allow some ambient sounds like music playing underwater so you can enjoy your time in the pool without having to remove your plugs each time you take a break from swimming laps. These tend to provide less protection against water pressure than Classic Plugs do because they allow some sound waves through their openings—but this doesn't mean they aren't effective at keeping water out!
How Do I Choose The Right Swimming Plugs?
To select the right swimming plugs, you should first identify your needs. What kind of water do you plan on swimming in? How long will each swim be? If it's an open-water swim, what conditions do you expect (strong currents and waves, lots of fish, etc.)? Do you have a medical condition that requires a certain type of swimming plug? Will there be other swimmers around who may try to take them from me or steal mine?
For example, if I know that I'm going to be doing some serious backstroke training in strong ocean currents for about 30 minutes at a time for several hours per week over the course of several weeks in Fiji during monsoon season (which tends to bring heavy rains), then I might want something more robust than my usual pair of earplugs because they won't last as long due to being exposed constantly.
Can I Use Swimming Plugs Under Goggles?
While goggles are designed to fit over the ears of swim plugs, most goggles do not have this design. The most important thing to consider when deciding whether or not you want to use swimming plugs with your goggles is whether it will cause fogging of your goggles, as well as whether or not it will cause leaking around the edge of the goggles. If you're using a non-waterproof pair of goggles, you'll need to ensure they won't leak before putting them on and getting in the water.
Another consideration is whether or not your swim plugs will stay in place while wearing them under your goggles. If they don't stay put and slip out during swimming activities, that can be dangerous for both yourself and others who may come into contact with them during an accident like this!
How Do I Clean My Swimming Plugs Between Uses?
There are a few ways to clean your swimmers between uses. The first and most common is to wash your plugs in warm water and soap. This can be done by hand or using a dishwasher machine.
If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, you can also boil them for about 10 minutes (we recommend boiling them before use if that's your preferred cleaning method).
Another option is to use a disinfecting spray or alcohol wipes on your plugs after each use (the alcohol will kill any bacteria that may have grown on them). You can also opt for baby wipes instead of disinfectant spray if you're looking for something less harsh but still effective.