Regularly, water gets trapped in your ears after swimming. It usually drains out on its own. However, in case it doesn’t, the consequences might be serious, including an ear infection.
Water-logged ears may cause you nuisances, such as diminished hearing or an annoying sensation. You may only hear muffled, unclear sounds from your surroundings.
There are several easy-to-follow tips on how to remove water from your ear:
- Jiggle your earlobes
Try tilting your head towards one side of your shoulders. Also, you can shake your head from shoulder to shoulder to get the water out.
- Use alcohol and vinegar eardrops
Combine alcohol and vinegar at the ratio of 50:50 into a sterilized dropper. Apply three or four drops into your ear. Gently rub the outside of your ear. Wait 30 seconds, and tilt your head sideways to let the mixture drain out.
The vinegar may also remove the earwax in your ear. Meanwhile, the alcohol will evaporate the excess water and eliminate bacteria.
However, this method isn’t applicable for those who have an ear infection, a punctured/ perforated eardrum or Eustachian tubes.
- Yawn or chew
If you feel like water is in your ear. Mouth motions, such as yawning or chewing gum, can sometimes help to open the tubes that block the ear’s pathway.
- Take over-the-counter eardrops
A number of over-the-counter eardrops are also available. Most of them are alcohol-based, anti-bacteria and are capable of removing earwax and other ear debris.
- Use a hot compress
You need hot water and a cloth. Wring out the washcloth before you using. Apply the cloth to the outside of your affected ear. Leave it on your ear for about 30 seconds. Repeat the process until the problem is over. This may help facilitate water drainage.
- A blow dryer can be useful
You should hold the hair dryer, which is set at its lowest mode, about a foot away from your ear and move it in a back-and-forth motion. Let the warm air blow into your ear. This heat may help the water inside your ear canal go away.