How To Get Rid of Water In Your Ear

One of the most irritating things that can happen to you is water getting into your ears. Oh and if you’re not particularly fond of water or getting in the water, it’s definitely not a pleasant feeling. Water in the ear temporarily affects your hearing ability. When you are not able to hear as usual, it feels extremely annoying. The worst thing about it is that it keeps making its presence felt until it is removed. Sometimes getting rid of water in your ear is easy, but sometimes it doesn’t go no matter how hard you try. Many times people try too hard to get rid of the water and they end up hurting their ear. If you have water in the ear and you are not able to get rid of it, do not get too aggressive with it. Do not try to remove it by excessively shaking or jerking your ears. Instead, you can try one of the following methods.

Try Tilting Your Head

Tilt your head in such a way that the side with the ear with water is facing the floor. Now pat the temple on the other side gently. If the water is not caught inside, it will flow out through the ears. You may have to repeat this a few times. Make sure that you don’t pat your temples aggressively. You will need to keep the head in that position for a while. If this doesn’t work, the water may be stuck somewhere and you will need to use other methods to get rid of it.

Try Using Your Fingers To Suck Water Out

Put your finger in the ear with water and close the hole. Now move the finger gently in the circular motion. Once you feel that vacuum has been created quickly remove the finger. It can suck the water out because of the vacuum technique. Again, this exercise needs to be repeated several times. You may not be able to create the vacuum at the first go. Keep repeating until the water is out of your ear.

Exhale Method

valsalva maneuver

This is another technique which can help you get rid of water in your ear. Even if you are not able to get rid of the water completely using this method, if you are having difficulty with hearing, it will help remove the blockage temporarily.

First of all you need to inhale as much oxygen as you can. Fill your lungs so that enough pressure can be created. Now close your nose with your fingers or palm and also close your mouth. Once you have done that, try to exhale the air. Since the nose and mouth are closed, trying to exhale will create the pressure around the inner ear area. This will push water outside your ear. Even if the water doesn’t get drained out completely, you will feel a temporary relief.

There is a word of caution for you. With your nose and mouth closed, do not put too much pressure while attempting to exhale. Just put enough pressure so that you can feel it in your ears. Too much pressure on the ear area may cause damage.

Using a Hair Dryer

You can use hair dryer to dry the water in your ear. But you will need to be very careful while using a hair dryer on your ear. Too much heating can cause damage to the ear. While you are using the hair dryer, make sure that you hold it at least a foot away from your ear. Also, do not use it at the highest blower setting. Keep it at the lowest. If there is wax in your ear, it is better that you clean it first. The dryer will dry the wax too and it will be difficult to clean it later.

Try Using Ear Buds


Sometimes the water gets stuck in the ears due to excess wax. You need to make sure that you are cleaning your ear regularly with the medically recommended ear buds. If you haven’t cleaned your ears in a while, and now the water is caught up due to the wax, you can try to clean it now. Put the ear bud inside your ear and slowly clean the wax. This will help remove the blockage and the passage will be cleared for the water to flow out.

Go To The Pharmacist

If you are not able to get rid of the water in your ear using any of the techniques above, it is better that you visit a pharmacist and ask for a solution which can dry your ears. There is an ear drop which contains common vinegar and rubbing alcohol. When you put it in your ear, it helps loosen up the ear wax. You can use a dropper or cotton to squeeze this solution in your ear.