Good hearing is something that many of us take for granted. However, there are some common, everyday situations that, if left unchecked, could impact our hearing. One of those is getting water in the ear. It happens easily enough in many situations but, thankfully, there is also an easy solution to remove water from the ear.
Water often get stuck in your ear after swimming but it can happen at other times too. This may occur, for example, when showering or bathing. If this happens, you may feel a tickling sensation in your ears. You may also not be able to hear as well or only hear muffled sounds.
Usually, the water drains out on its own. If it doesn’t, the trapped water may lead to an ear infection which is also known as Swimmer’s Ear. You should avoid inserting anything into the ears, such as pen tops, fingers, bobby pins, or cotton-tipped swabs. Doing so can damage the delicate lining of the ears and increase the risk of infection.
How To Remove Water From The Ear At Home
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to get water out of your ears on your own. The following tips can help.
1. Tuggle or Jiggle The Earlobe
This method may shake the water out of your ears right away. Gently tug or jiggle your earlobe while tilting your head in a downward motion toward your shoulder. You can also try shaking your head from side to side while in this position.
2. Lie on The Side With The Affected Ear Downwards
Gravity may cause the ear to drain naturally. Just lie down with the offending ear facing straight down for the most impact, unless you want to use a pillow for a bit of cushion. Stay in that position for a few minutes.
3. Try Adding More Water to Remove Water From Ear
This technique may sound weird, but it’s my favorite and really works. Adding a few drops of water actually help draw water out of your ear. Lie on your side and clench your teeth. Fill the affected ear with water using a clean dropper. Wait five seconds and then turn over, with the affected ear facing down. Immediately unclench your teeth and all the water should drain out.
4. Create a Vacuum in Your Ear.
Turn the affected ear down on your palm and then use your finger to gently push in and out until water begins to come out. Don’t do this with the ear facing upwards or you may drive it farther back into the canal. This will create a suction-like vacuum that will draw the water in your ears toward your hand.
5. A Warm Compress to Remove Water From Ear
Heat from the compress will help melt some of the earwax blocking the water. The wax will then loosen up and fall out of the ear. This removes the water stuck behind it.
Using hot but not scalding water, wet a washcloth. Make sure to wring out the washcloth before you use it so that it doesn’t drip. Tilt your head downward on the affected side and apply the cloth to the outside of your ear. Leave it on your ear for about 30 seconds, and then remove it for a minute. Repeat these steps four or five times. It may help to sit up or lie down on the side opposite of the affected side of your body afterwards.
6. Use Alcohol and Vinegar Ear Drops
In addition to helping your ears get rid of that extra water, it will also keep them from getting infected. Apply three or four drops of this mixture into your eustachian tube. Then, wait a minute and tilt your head carefully to drain it out. You can get the help of an adult to drop the solution for you.
7. Blow-dry The Ear
Simply place your dryer on its lowest heat setting, or even on cool. Hold it at least 1 foot (0.30 m) (30 cm) away from your head, blowing it into your eustachian tube, until you feel that water draining. Just make sure it’s not too warm or too close to your ears to avoid burning yourself.
8. Steam Inhalation
Inhaling steam is another easy way to ease fluid buildup in the ear. Heat will help to soften ear wax. This makes it easy for the water to flow out of your ear. Just like you’d use steam to clear a stuffed nose, you can use it for your ears.
Pour hot steaming water in a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam slowly. After 10 minutes or so, tilt your head to one side and you’ll find the water will start coming out of the ear.
Alternatively, you can take a hot shower to draw fluid out of the ear canal. Or, you can also dip a cloth in hot/warm water, and press the wet cloth against your ear. The steam will fill your ear canal and soften any ear wax. When you tilt your head to the side, the water will usually leak out all on its own.
9. Remove Water From The Ear by Yawning or Chewing
When water gets stuck in your ears, move your mouth. It sometimes help to open the tubes. Yawn or chew gum to relieve tension in your eustachian tubes. Tilt your head to release any water from your ears.
10. Use Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can help clear debris, earwax, bacteria, or trapped water from your ears. Use a clean dropper and drop three to four drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear using a clean dropper. Then wait two to three minutes and tilt the affected side downward. This will drain the water out. Do not use hydrogen peroxide if you have an ear infection.
11. Garlic to Remove Water From Your Ear
Garlic is another remedy for sufferers of otitis external. Using garlic as the effective way remove water in your ears will help you to reduce the pain and also prevent ear infection. The reason is that garlic contains antibacterial properties which can kill the germs and harmful bacteria present in the ear canal.
Firstly, you should extract the juice from garlic cloves by pressing it hard. Use a dropper to put two or three drops of garlic juice into your affected ear. Wait for a few minute and then use the blow dryer to dry the garlic juice in your ear. It is important not to keep the blow dryer close to your ear because it can affect and hurt your ear.
12. Olive Oil
Olive oil can also help prevent infection in your ear, as well as remove water. Warm some olive oil in a small bowl. Use a clean dropper and place a few drops of the oil into the affected ear. Lie on your other side for about 10 minutes, and then sit up and tilt the ear downward. The water and oil should drain out. You can shop for olive oil here.
13. Valsalva Maneuver
Close your mouth and gently pinch your nostrils shut with your fingers. Take a deep breath, and slowly blow the air out of your nose to regulate the air pressure. If done correctly, you will hear a slight popping sound which means the Eustachian tubes are open again.
If this method works for you, it may indicate that there was a problem with your Eustachian tubes. Although this can cause you to feel as if water is trapped in your ear canal, that isn’t the case.
Note: Don’t blow your nose too hard as it may cause damage to the ear drum.
Go to The Hospital
Trapped water usually goes away without treatment. But if, after two to three days or if you show signs of infection, you should call your doctor. You should also visit the hospital when you feel pain.