Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Relatively speaking, swimmers have fewer injuries and physical ailments than athletes of most other sports. Swimmers occasionally face shoulder problems due to overuse or less-than-optimal technique, but swimmers are blessed with a largely injury-free sport. But ear problems also occasionally come into the equation. That is where Hans Henrik Heming of Denmark comes into play. He understands the problem and did something about it with his SwimEars® that are nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

SwimEars are specialized ear plugs for open water swimmers and triathletes that protect against ear inflammation and dizziness without affecting hearing and balance – key issues for those who do channel swims, marathon swims or have problems with seasickness.

Heming got his SwimEars funded with Kickstarter and were nominated with the following:

Hans Henrik Heming, founder of the Danish Open Water Swimming Association and CPH Swim in Copenhagen, Denmark, took a basic problem of open water swimming and did something about it. Utilizing financing from an innovative Kickstarter campaign, Henrick took a simple product like earplugs and made them better. He envisioned, designed, produced and marketed a means to protect against ear inflammation and dizziness without affecting hearing and balance. For its cool packaging and even cooler design with a leash, for its ability to let sound in but keep water out, and for inspiring 1,680 financial backers to finance his vision for a new kind of ear plugs, Hans Henrick’s SwimEars® is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Voting continues until December 31st 2015.

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