The word ‘swim bladder disease’ may conjure up images of a pair of white briefs or the sight of a watery pool, but it’s not just about a sore or painful groin.
In some cases, swimmers are left with a condition known as swimming ear plugs, which prevent them from swimming as long as their ears remain submerged.
These plugs are a common feature in swimwear and are a popular choice for many people.
A survey of more than 2,000 Australian and overseas swimwear retailers found that the majority of customers were concerned about their safety while swimming.
And a new survey of almost 3,000 consumers has found that most Australians have either had an ear plug inserted or were worried about having one removed.
Read more The problem of swimming ear plug users is often compounded by the fact that ear plugs are not the only type of swimming gear that can cause the condition.
Swimming gear can cause a variety of other problems including: a lack of watertight protection from wind and pressure