Swimmer’s ear, surfer’s ear, grommets and ear drum perforations? All of these nasty conditions can be caused or affected by water entering the ear, staying there and causing infections. One way to help prevent ear infections while swimming is to wear earplugs. However, due to the large amount of movement required for swimming, headbands are a vital item to keep your ear plugs in while out on the surf or in the pool.

One essential thing to know about most swimming headband fittings is that the majority of adults should go for the large size. Most of the headband brands we sell work on this fitting system:


Small: 19.5 cm band, Optimum fit range: 16.5-18.5/42cm-47cm, recommended age 1-3 years.
Medium, 20.5 cm band, 17-21 size range, optimum fit range 18.5- 20.5/47cm-52cm, Age 4-9.
Large:, 22.25cm band. Fits head size range of 19.5-24, optimum fit range 20.5-23/ 52cm-58cm, 10+ age range.

The size ranges of most swimming headbands are not like clothes, large will suit most adults and older children.

Just Online stock Ear Bandit Ultras, Neoprene and Mack’s Swimmers Bands. Each of these products has unique features and specifics. All are made or partially made of neoprene. This is a family of synthetic rubbers that retain flexibility over broad temperature ranges and work well in water.

What are the differences between the three products we stock? The classic Ear Bandit Neoprene product is made from 3mil of neoprene and has a Velcro strap. Ear Bandits Ultra is an extended and developed product which is embossed on the inside with grip, is made with 100% neoprene, has larger ear holders and a wider headband to reduce wear. The Ultra is not reversible due to its embossing while The Neoprene is. Mack’s Swimmers Bands have a 3-inch adjustable velcro connection for different sized heads. Which type of swimmer’s headband you want to choose is up to you. But we do have some suggestions!

The Ear Bandit Neoprene product is probably best for beginner swimmers, children and those who don’t need that much protection. The Ultra will suit constant swimmers and watersports enthusiasts as well as those who suffer from reappearing ear infections. The Mack’s product will suit those looking for adaptability and want a band to fit more than one head.


The Ultra: https://www.justonline.co.uk/product/ear-bandit-ultra-swimmers-headband-blue-medium/

The Neoprene: https://www.justonline.co.uk/product/ear-band-it-neoprene-headband-medium-purple/

Mack’s Swimmers Band: https://www.justonline.co.uk/product/macks-ear-band-neoprene-swimmers-band/

Useful Links

Surfer’s Ear: http://www.rcht.nhs.uk/RoyalCornwallHospitalsTrust/OurServices/AZServices/E/EarNoseThroat/SurfersEar.aspx

Swimmer’s Ear: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Otitis-externa/Pages/Introduction.aspx