Water trapped in the ears can cause discomfort, a feeling of fullness, and muffled hearing. Several simple methods can help remove water from the ears effectively. Here are five easy tips to get water out of your ears:
Tilt your head and create a vacuum: Tilt your head sideways with the affected ear facing down. Gently pull on your earlobe to straighten the ear canal. Place your cupped palm over your ear, creating a tight seal. Quickly move your hand back and forth, flattening it as you push and cupping it as you pull away. Tilt your head down to allow the water to drain out.
Try the “jumping jack” method: Stand upright and bend your knees slightly. Jump up and down while simultaneously shaking your head from side to side. This movement can help dislodge the water from the ear canal due to gravity and vibration.
Use a hairdryer (low heat): Set the hairdryer on its lowest heat setting and hold it about a foot away from your ear. Gently blow warm air into the ear canal for a few minutes. This can help evaporate the water and relieve the feeling of fullness.
Try over-the-counter drying drops: Over-the-counter drying drops contain alcohol or glycerin, which can help draw out water from the ear canal. Follow the instructions on the product label carefully.
Create a DIY ear-drying solution: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Apply a few drops of the solution into the affected ear using an ear dropper. Tilt your head down to allow the solution to drain out.
If you have severe pain, persistent water in the ear, or any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, consult a doctor. They can safely remove the water and provide appropriate treatment if necessary.