Don’t know if there are any swimmers out there but I’ve had a reoccurring problem with ear wax, swimming and hearing aids. Pretty much every year I’ll have ear wax removed from my both ears. Due to HA molds pushing wax down my ear canal. But let’s say after having ear wax removed for (four - six months) I start swimming two or three times a week at local pool. After swimming I always wait an hour to two hours to insert my HA’s but in most cases ear wax is still damp which means it gets pushed further down my ear canal. So after a few trips to the local pool I start getting serious ear wax build up because custom molds push wax downward. Now ten years ago I bought special ear plugs (from Audi) made for swimming and they really don’t work well at all. One - the swimming ear plugs actually go further into my ear canal then my custom HA molds. Which means if any dampness gets in, wax goes further down the rabbit hole. Also when I get out of the pool and pull ear plugs out I notice dampness in my ear canal. Which means water leakage. Swimming plugs are “tight fitting” but at times have popped out while I was doing laps. So what ever I put in my ear canal (plugs or custom mold) after swimming forces wax deeper and deeper until my ear canal is completely sealed off.
Now someone is going to say get you ears cleaned out every six months but that’s costly. Last time I had ear wax removed the “ear doctor” charge $271 of which Medicare paid $115. Yea - rip off city. Also I’ve not found any over the counter wax removal kit that works. Forget drops and the blue rubber ball syringe for removing wax. It doesn’t work and has messed my my hearing short term. Also lightly using Q-tips is not really a solution.
So if any swimmers out there (that use HA) let me know your thoughts. Maybe just stop swimming period???