The life span of an ear plug

Silicone ear plugs. Ear plugs. Made out of silicone.

Little balls of silicone. That you squish into your ear. To block and protect your ears. From cold water.

Got that?

In the box:

On left, two new and unused plugs.

Next two from top second left, plugs used during winter.

Next two, bottom centre and top right, still in use from last year.

Bottom right. One left from last summer.

Middle right. Left over from early last summer. Half the size, because I lost the other on a choppy rough day in Clonea (I still remember it, I actually lost two other plugs the same day. Yes, it was rough).

So I split the remaining one in half while out in the water and replaced in ears. And later lost one again.

Boots Pharmacy. Box of 3 pairs.

Gritty, sandy, dirty, waxy, with occasional dog and cat hairs and maybe insects and all round nasty. Still effective. And cheap.


4 thoughts on “The life span of an ear plug

  1. I would advise replacing your used earplugs with new ones after even just a few days of use. The used silicone can pick up and cause fungal skin infections to grow in the ear canal if they are not replaced routinely. Fungal infections can lead to bacterial infections as the skin breaks down. I typically replace my used earplugs after 24 hours of use. It costs more but I think having healthy ears and protecting the ear canal and sensitive, delicate ear bones, membranes, and auditory nerves is the goal. Putting infectious, used plugs into your ear canal makes it clear that you don’t really care about your ear health.


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