This is the actual brand that was lodged in my ear. You can use ’em to block out stuff; just don’t expect to actually be able to remove them from your ears.
I feel that it’s my duty to inform you the inquisitive public about a very serious health concern and that is–waxy ear plugs. They’re the ones you can find in the “ear care” aisle at your local pharmacy for around 3 bucks. The silicon putty balls promise to keep water, even when swimming, our of your ear canals. What the packaging doesn’t say is that they do it by getting lodged INTO your ear canals.
Here I am trying to be a responsible human being and plugging my ears so I don’t get ear infections and what happens? The plug gets stuck in my ear! When I tried to remove the dang thing, it broke apart. No problem, I thought, I’ll just pull the rest out, except it wouldn’t come out. In fact, it wedged itself deeper into my ear just to defy me.
After a call to the after-hours answering service at the doctor’s office, I got an emergency appointment with a doctor I never met. I felt as silly as a little kid who stuck dried noodles up his nose. His car keys and sunglasses thrown onto the counter, he immediately got to work on that bad boy. After several minutes of flushing with water, tweezing, and scooping, the hard piece of silicon ear plug was removed from my ear. Hooray! Emergency room averted! Dr. Nameless is a hero! Oh, and he said this was the second time he was removing wax ear plugs from someone’s ear this year. It must be some sort of epidemic.
Now my ear seems a bit stuffy and it hurts. Besides being embarrassing, the whole procedure was unpleasant and a touch painful. All in all, that’s something I would like to avoid in the future, which is why I am warning you about the dangers of putting stuff in your ears. Even items that were made to put in your ears, like ear plugs, should not necessarily be used.
Truth be told, I’ve used these silicon things a bazillion times and never had any trouble until now. However, I have now purchased a sturdy set of Hearos, which I hope along with Swim-Ear can keep my ear canals free of water and infection.
And I thought the most difficult of part of swimming was wearing a bathing suit in public. Sigh.
I just wanted to add that my last visit to the E.R. was around this time last year when I got a garden rake prong lodged in my knee causing a puncture wound. Because my doctor’s office couldn’t squeeze me in, I had to go to the E.R. to get a tetanus shot. Ironically, this is the same doctor’s office that set a doctor in AFTER-HOURS to take care of me so I wouldn’t have to go the the E.R.