My ears start to ache after swimming 4-6 laps of my daily workout, and it's getting really annoying. I thought I would ask for a solution here before I consider buying from a sporting goods store... Any ideas???

If anyone thinks that one of the posts about earplugs for going to sleep in a noisy room is a good fit for this then please feel free to link to it. otherwise, I do not consider this to be a repeat, as I am asking for a completely different reason.

  • When you get to ache doing otherwise ordinary tasks, like swimming, you should seriously consider contacting a doctor/your GP. You might have an illness causing your ache, and just to bypass the symptoms using a hack could be potential dangerous.
    – holroy
    Aug 28, 2015 at 17:37
  • Maybe my question wasn't being clear. the ache is from water in my ears. If I wait a minute in between laps, and tip my head to the side or pop my ears, it goes away. It fades away within seconds of leaving the pool. I know what this is. I'm not in danger Aug 29, 2015 at 15:38

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Swimmers wax. My young nephew is prone to ear infections and had tubes in his ear. Both to go to the pool and to take a bath, he uses this product. It's not a hack, but it is typically under $2 from a drugstore, so I'd call it close enough. Basically any paraffin/wax that is mold-able, but not soft enough to "drip" or ooze into your ear canal.

  • Wax earplugs available too for preventing water ingress
    – Bamboo
    Aug 28, 2015 at 18:16

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