Earplugs for swimming – The best in test 2022

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Earplugs for swimming are a great invention that helps swimmers of all levels keep the water out of their ears. But there are several different types from even more manufacturers.
So which model should you choose? I give you my warmest recommendations on that here with lifeguard course.

In this guide I will go into:

  • Why earplugs are good to use
  • What different kinds there are
  • What sizes are available – whether they are for children, adults or both
  • Which earplugs I recommend
  • What alternatives are also available so that you can take the best possible care of your ears
  • How to clean and recycle your earplugs
  • Where to buy earplugs


Best earplugs for swimming – Winners in the test


Why are earplugs good to use?


There are not many people who have had their head under water, who have not afterwards had that annoying feeling of water in their ear. Especially not for prolonged stays in water. In swimming circles it is called swim-ear.
To make a long story short, water in the ear is due to water penetrating into the passage itself, where it is then trapped and can neither get further into the ear nor out again.

It gives a feeling of having a plug in the ear, often with an accompanying hearing loss and dizziness as a result and in the worst case with an ear infection as a consequence. The Danish swimming dealer has also written a really good guide around here , where they also discuss what you can do to remedy swimming ears if the accident is out.

When you use earplugs, you prevent the water from penetrating the ear and thus you avoid the discomfort that swimming ear causes.

How to choose the right ones for you


Now that we’ve figured out why it’s a good idea to use earplugs, it’s time to get into what different types there are and what they do for you. Here I also describe, among other things, the clear advantages and disadvantages of the different types, so that you are best equipped to choose the right ones for your needs.

Be aware that it is important to have definite earplugs for swimming if you want the best protection. Normal earplugs used to reduce noise in everyday life are not designed for use in water.

They will instead absorb water and fall out after a very short time. And this is what separates normal earplugs from decidedly earplugs for swimming.
It might sound like something about HI-FI. But it is not. For inside earplugs for swimming, the in-ear and surround types are also available. Of course just with another feature.

In short, an in-ear earplug is a type that is inserted into the ear canal itself just like a traditional earplug and thus keeps the water out of the inner ear. A surround earplug, on the other hand, has a sheath that closes close to the outside of the ear canal so that water does not get in there at all.
An example of an in-ear earplug is this Speedo Biofuse and an example of a surround earplug are these Speedo Ergo earplugs .

But what are the pros and cons of one versus the other? I give you the answer to that here:

Size – for children, adults or both?

With the different types of earplugs in place, I want to tell you a little bit about what sizes they come in. And luckily that’s a pretty simple explanation; the vast majority of earplugs are suitable for both children and adults.

However, there are no rules without exceptions. So there is a single model in our range that is intended for use by either adults or children. In return, it provides some unsurpassed properties when used.

The model where you need to be aware of whether the earplugs should be used by an adult (16 years or older) or a child (from 3 to 16 years), is the top model in earplugs for swimming; Swimmers. You will find Swimmers for adults here and Swimears for children here .The reason why these Swimwear earplugs are for children or adults must be found in their unique properties, which among other things ensure that sounds from ordinary speech can penetrate, while keeping the water out of the ear canals.

So to put it briefly; apart from the earplugs from Swimmers, there is no difference in the sizes of the different models. You are therefore free to choose from our large selection, whether they are to be used by a child or an adult.

Best in test: These earplugs are the best

I have now come so far in my guide on earplugs for swimming that I will now give you my clearest recommendations based on testing of all available models. With that, I hope it will be much easier for you to choose which model to use.

All three recommendations can be used for swimming, playing, diving and snorkeling. And I can vouch for them all.

We have tested these earplugs

To select the following test winners in the various divisions, I have taken a trip to the swimming pool to test a large selection of our most popular earplugs. I have done this in order to give you the most credible and sincere recommendations.

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