Understanding the Risks and How to Avoid Them


What is Swimmer’s Ear?

Swimmer’s Ear, medically known as acute otitis externa, is an infection of the outer ear canal often caused by trapped water. Unlike Surfer’s Ear, which is characterized by bone growth, Swimmer’s Ear is an inflammatory condition usually triggered by bacteria or fungi.

The infection typically occurs when water remains in the ear canal for extended periods, creating a moist environment conducive to bacterial growth. This condition is common among swimmers, divers, and other water sports enthusiasts who frequently expose their ears to water.

The severity of Swimmer’s Ear can range from mild irritation to acute pain and can be influenced by factors such as water quality and frequency of exposure.

An illustration showing affected area of swimmers ear

Fact: Swimmer’s Ear Isn’t Just for Swimmers, 40% of Cases Occur in Other Water Sports.

What are the Symptoms?


Trapped Water
If you notice water lingering in your ears after participating in water activities, this could be an early indicator of Swimmer’s Ear.

Frequent Ear Infections
The moist environment in the ear canal can become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to recurring infections. This risk is especially elevated for those who engage in water sports in varying water conditions, from chlorinated pools to natural bodies of water with varying levels of cleanliness.


The Statistics

Recent studies revealed that:

Swimmer’s Ear Surges: Cases Jump by 45% in 2022

Children at Risk: 70% of Swimmer’s Ear Cases Occur in Kids Under 12

Preventive Measures Pay Off: 80% Decrease in Swimmer’s Ear Cases Among Regular Ear Protection Users

Prevention: Act Early to Save Your Ears

1. Immediate Ear Care Post-Swimming

Dry your ears thoroughly and carefully after swimming to prevent moisture build-up. This step is crucial in avoiding the conditions that lead to Swimmer’s Ear.

2. Ear Plugs

Use ear plugs during swimming activities. Ear plugs that are designed to keep water out while allowing sound in, offering both protection against Swimmer’s Ear and maintaining auditory awareness.

3. Avoid Harmful Practices

Avoid inserting objects like cotton swabs into your ears, as this can damage the delicate skin of the ear canal, increasing the risk of infection.

4. Routine Ear Health Maintenance

Maintain proper ear hygiene and consider using ear drops formulated for swimmers. Regular check-ups with a healthcare provider can also be beneficial, especially if you are prone to ear issues.

By adopting these preventive measures, including the use of SurfEars, you can effectively reduce your risk of developing Swimmer’s Ear.

Why Choose SurfEars?

Traditional ear plugs can muffle sound, leaving you feeling disconnected in the water. SurfEars tackles this problem with an innovative design that incorporates acoustic mesh.

This feature allows you to hear clearly while effectively keeping water out, substantially reducing the risk of conditions like Surfer’s Ear and Swimmer’s Ear.

What sets SurfEars apart is its modular design and customisable fit, designed to accommodate 99% of all ears. Plus, the optional leash minimises the risk of misplacing or losing your plugs.


Image of Surfera in use

Statistical sources:
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Statistics from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and findings by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)