If you’re a competitive or casual swimmer who’s prone to swimmer’s ear, you stand to benefit from some quality swimming earplugs. As with most products, there’s a ton to choose from. Earplugs can vary regarding the material, fit, durability, color, and versatility. Here are some we recommend for the next time you jump into the pool.
Choosing Swimming Earplugs
What to consider when buying swimming earplugs:
- Use: Are you a daily swimmer? If so, you might like some reusable, quality earplugs. Do you usually struggle to find earplugs that fit your ear properly? There are some impressive moldable earplugs on the market.
- Material: If your skin is sensitive, look for hypoallergenic earplugs. Some are made of silicone, others are made of rubber, and others are made of plastic. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Do some research before you buy.
- Multipurpose: The priority is to find the best swimming earplugs for you. But you may want earplugs that are noise-canceling and can be used at concerts, to sleep better, or focus on work. Do some looking around, and you’ll surely find what works best for you.
Reliable Option: Mack’s AquaBlock Swimming Earplugs
Mack’s is a household name for a reason: they work! The AquaBlock earplugs are the official earplugs of USA Swimming! Do you need more convincing? These earplugs incorporate the Mack SuperSeal Ultra Soft Silicone to make them ultra-comfortable and durable. What a great way to avoid swimmer’s ear and ear infections!
Mack's AquaBlock Swimming Earplugs - Comfortable, Waterproof, Reusable Silicone Ear Plugs for Swimming, Snorkeling, Showering, Surfing and Bathing
These are the official earplugs of USA Swimming!
Trusted Brand: Speedo Swim Training Ergo Earplugs
Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave since 1914 (the year Speedo was founded), you know Speedo swim products are solid. Speedo’s ergonomic swimming earplugs are made of quality thermoplastic rubber and free of PVC. Easy to insert and remove, the earplugs also come with a storage case.
Speedo Unisex-Adult Swim Training Ergo Ear Plugs Silver
Try out these ergonomic, PVC-free earplugs on your next trip to the pool.
Best Reusable: ANBOW Waterproof Silicone Ear Plugs
ANBOW designed these waterproof swimming earplugs specifically for reuse. They’re made of quality silicone and are BPA-free, which makes them so durable you can use and reuse them for years. Also worth noting, the swim earplugs reduce noise and protect the ears, making it possible to swim in peace and for long periods. You get three pairs, each with its own box, plus a waterproof bag.
ANBOW Ear Plugs for Sleeping Noise Cancelling. Reusable Silicone Earplugs. Custom Fit - Noise Reduction for Sleeping, Concerts, Work & Swimming. Adjustable to Ear Size. 3 Pairs + Travel Pouch
These silicone swimming earplugs will last years.
Most Versatile: Half Dome Plugmatic Waterproof Earplugs for Swimming
These swimming earplugs are made of medical-grade silicone. They’re waterproof and washable, PBA-free, moldable to fit your ear, hypoallergenic, and reusable. But Plugmatic went beyond the typical characteristics of quality swimming earplugs. They’re noise-canceling (32dB NRR), so you can wear them to concerts, for studying, and to bed.
Ear Plugs for Sleeping, Silicone Moldable Reusable Waterproof Sound Blocking for Swimming, Travel, Snoring, Studying, Concerts, Shooting, Musicians, Highest Noise Reduction 32dB NRR Title
Take these earplugs with you to the pool, noisy concerts, and to bed---wherever you need a comfortable pair of earplugs with noise cancellation.
Best Fit: Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs for Swimming
Maybe you could get a better fit if you had your very own swimming earplug designer on staff, but Decibullz does a decent job. Boil a cup of water, drop in the earplugs, and let them cool a bit before inserting them. As they continue to cool, the plugs take the inside shape of your ear. No water gets past these plugs! Also known for their high NRR (31 dB), Decibullz earplugs are suitable for concerts and even shooting practice. They come in multiple colors, too!
Decibullz - Custom Molded Earplugs, 31dB Highest NRR, Comfortable Hearing Protection for Shooting, Travel, Swimming, Work and Concerts (Black)
These heat-moldable swimming earplugs have serious ingeniuity.