Thirty years ago I quit swimming because of chronic ear infections. It never occurred to me in all those years that they (whoever “they” are…) could have developed earplugs that actually keep water out. Imagine my surprise when I tried silicone earplugs on my brother’s recommendation and they worked great. Silicone! It’s the magic stuff of fake boobs and lips! Who knew? Anyway, I am happily swimming again.