Swim earplugs are small silicone earplugs that prevent water from entering your ear canal.
Retail swim plugs are relatively inexpensive, but they don't always create the best fit. Since these plugs are one-size-fits-all, they can easily become loose and fall out while you're swimming, exposing your ear canals and allowing water to enter.
Custom-fit swim earplugs are created from a mold of your outer ear, which allows for a near-perfect seal. They are made from a soft silicone that won't scratch or damage your ear. The plugs are washable and reusable, allowing for years of use. They also float, so if one does happen to come out, it'll be easy to find.
Custom-fit swim earplugs can be created for anyone at any age. Since children are more susceptible to swimmer's ear because their smaller ear canals trap water more easily, custom earplugs can provide a much needed layer of protection. Custom earplugs are also used by children or adults that may have been recommended for dry ear precautions due to tube placement in the eardrums.
It's important to remember to never use foam ear plugs as a replacement for actual swim plugs. Foam plugs are meant to block noise, not moisture; substituting one for the other can cause even more damage to your ears.
Speak with your hearing healthcare provider about his or her experience in custom fitting patients with swim earplugs.