No swim or water related mold or product will provide a 100% watertight seal; however, proper and regular use of molds or plugs will keep out most moisture that can cause or aggravate ear conditions. A lot of times, a swimmer with ear complications must keep their ears dry to prevent the progression or occurrence of ear problems. Some of these may include:
• Ear infection
• Eardrum rupture
• Chronic ear pathology, such as drainage, swimmer’s ear, etc
• Patent pressure equalization tubes
• Recovery from ear surgery
• Medically or surgically altered ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear
Before your appointment, the hearing care professional will want to hear about any complaints you may have about your hearing. She will pay special attention to any concerns you have about a history of exposure to noise, existing tinnitus symptoms, and any balance problems. Make sure that you assemble a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking for your at-home appointment.
The hearing evaluation is a fantastic chance to establish a relationship with your hearing care professional. It helps to ask around for recommendations for a hearing care professional in your area and find someone who listens carefully to your concerns. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding a hearing solution that works the best for you and your lifestyle.