How to Get Water Out of Your Ear After Swimming

Sometimes after coming out of the pool or even the shower, your hearing can feel clogged or muffled — that’s because you might have water inside your ears. But don’t worry, this happens often and can be easily fixed.

5-Minute Crafts will show you 4 different ways to help you hear normally again.

❗ If treating it at home doesn’t work and your ear starts hurting, it’s important that you see a medical professional as soon as possible.

Method 1: Use a blow dryer.

Using a blow dryer can help evaporate the water inside your ear due to the heat.

How to do it:

  1. Select the lowest setting and hold the blow dryer one foot away from your ear.
  2. Move the blow dryer back and forth while tugging down your earlobe.
  3. Let the air blow into your ear and evaporate the water.

Method 2: Create a vacuum.

This method creates a suction-like vacuum effect that can pull the water inside your ear toward your hand.

How to do it:

  1. Begin by tilting your head sideways and place your cupped palm over your ear, creating a tight seal.
  2. Push your hand back and forth rapidly toward your ear, flattening it as you push and cupping it as you pull away.
  3. Now allow the water to drain by tilting your head down.

Method 3: Lie down for a few minutes.

Gravity can cause the water in your ear to drain naturally.

How to do it:

  1. Simply lie down on a towel with the affected ear facing down.
  2. Stay in that position for a few minutes.
  3. Let the water slowly drain out of your ear.

Method 4: Jiggle your earlobe.

Oftentimes, a simple tug on the earlobe can get the water out.

How to do it:

  1. Begin by tilting your head down toward the shoulder.
  2. Jiggle your earlobe lightly.
  • If that doesn’t do the trick, you can also attempt to shake your head from side to side while in the same position.
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