BioEars and ClearEars
Annie says: Waterlogged ears are a common but frustrating hazard facing triathletes. They can be enough to distract focus and frankly drive you a bit crazy. Cirrus Healthcare have launched two new products to help with such ear-related issues.
BioEars are the world’s first anti-microbial ear plugs, meaning they prevent the growth of microorganisms or bacteria that can lead to problems such as Swimmer’s Ear – a nasty sinus infection which often stems from a lot of time spent in water. These soft silicone plugs can be moulded to fit the shame of any ear for an air tight seal against water and noise. Designed to be worn during training, they are considerably more durable than standard earplugs.
Having never swum with earplugs before I was keen to see what the benefits of BioEars may be. The sensation of earplugs was a little odd at first, but I quickly became used to them and could barely notice they were there after a few lengths. What’s more, they blocked out the surrounding noise of a busy lunchtime at the pool, which was ideal for my focus and enjoyment. I didn’t need to adjust them once and can whole-heartedly say, they made a rushed, often frantic training session a lot more pleasant.
ClearEars are created for use after your swimming session. They safely and gently absorb the water from inside your ears to clear the canal quickly, thus avoiding irritation and infections that result from waterlogged ears.
I experimented with ClearEars after my next earplug-less swim. The process was quick and I clearly felt the plugs extracting moisture from my ear – there was no frenzied hitting of my head to attempt to bash out trapped water before I headed back to the office – hooray. So overall it was win-win all round and I’d recommend investment of either product to swimmers of any level.
BioEars and ClearEars are available at most good chemists. To find out more, visit cirrushealthcare.com.