how to get water out of your ears

How To Get Water Out Of Your Ears

How To Get Water Out Of Your Ears

We’ve all been there – you’re in the shower and water accidentally gets in your ear. Or you’re swimming and you come up with water in your ear. It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and can even be painful. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’re going to give you all the information you need to know about water in your ear. We’ll cover everything from how to prevent water from getting in your ear in the first place to the best way to get rid of it. We’ll even touch on home remedies and when to see a doctor. By the end of this post, you should be able to deal with water in your ear like a pro!

How to get water out of your ears

Don't Let Water Get in Your Ears in the First Place!

Preventing water from getting in your ears is important not only for your own health, but also for the safety of those around you. Here are some tips on how to keep water out of your ears:

  • Use ear plugs, a bathing cap, or wet-suit hood while swimming or showering to keep water from getting in your ears.
  • Thoroughly dry each ear canal after swimming or bathing.
  • After swimming or showering, tip your head to the side until all of the water runs out of your ear, repeat on the other side. If necessary, you can carefully use a hairdryer on the coolest setting to completely dry the ear canal.
  • Maintain proper ear wax hygiene. Ear wax (also called cerumen) plays an important role in preventing ear infections. Too much or too little ear wax can cause problems. Using an Ear Camera can help ensure you always have enough ear wax to help prevent water from entering your ears. 

If Water Does Get in Your Ear, Here's What to Do

If water gets in your ear, it's important to get it out as soon as possible. This is because water can easily become stuck in your ear if it is blocked by earwax, which can cause painful infections, such as swimmer’s ear, if left in the ear for too long. Bacteria and germs thrive in a moist environment and when contaminated water sits in your ear for prolonged periods it can create the perfect environment for infection. There are a few effective methods you can use to remove the water from your ear, but all of them require some patience and effort.

If you have diabetes or any other medical conditions, please consult your doctor before trying any home remedies. Otherwise, try one of the following methods:

  • Using ear drops. There are a few ear drops, such as Debrox, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide, that you can use to help prevent swimmer's ear. But, if you suspect you may have a ruptured eardrum do not put anything in your ears and see a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • Using an ear camera, such as the FLOOGEAR Ear Camera, to remove any blockage preventing the water from exiting your ear.
  • Let time and gravity do the trick. Lie on your side where the water is trapped and rest your head on a towel to absorb the water. Slowly but surely the water should make its way down and out of your ear.
  • Use an Ear Wax Removal kit or syringe. These ear kits gently push warm water or earwax solution into your ear to try and break up any ear wax buildup. The earwax is then pushed out from your ear with the liquid. 
  • Chew, yawn, shake and tug. When water gets stuck, move your mouth and jaw around to help move your jaw joint, which is connected to your ear canal. Shake your head to provide added assistance. You can also gently tug on the outer portion of your ear to straighten out the ear canal and allow water to drain out.
  • Create a vacuum:
    • Tilt your head sideways, and rest your ear onto your cupped palm, creating a tight seal.
    • Gently push your hand back and forth toward your ear in a rapid motion, flattening it as you push and cupping it as you pull away.
    • Tilt your head down to allow the water to drain.

Avoid using your finger or cotton swabs. As tempting as it may be, avoid poking around inside your ear blindly. Doing so may push obstructions deeper into your ear canal and puncture your eardrum. It can also scratch away the protective waxy layer inside your ear canal, which can provide an opening for bacteria to grow.

If you’re unable to drain water with the above techniques and are plagued with ear pain or pressure, contact your health care provider or an ear, nose and throat specialist.

How to Remove Water Trapped by Earwax

Water can easily become trapped in your ears for a number of reasons. The most common culprit is ear wax buildup. When there is an excess amount of earwax and water comes into contact with it, it will cause the ear wax to expand and become lodged in your ears. This will make it extremely difficult to remove the water and ear wax without specialized tools. We have found that ear cameras are the most effective in these situations. They allow you to see directly into your ears so you can clearly locate and remove the earwax causing any blockage. See why the FLOOGEAR Ear Camera has been voted Best Ear Cleaning Tool.

What to Do If You Think You Have an Infection

If you think you have an infection, the first thing you should do is see your primary care provider or an ENT specialist. There are three main types of ear infections: Acute Otitis Media (AOM), Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion (COME), and Inner Ear Infections or Labyrinthitis. AOM is the most common type of ear infection and occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. COME is a buildup of fluid in the middle ear without signs or symptoms of an acute infection. Inner Ear Infections or Labyrinthitis occurs when viruses affect the inner ear. If you are unsure if you have an infection, please consult your doctor.

If you have AOM, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic medication. If you have COME, fluid may be drained from the ear through a small tube called an Eustachian Tube Duct (ETD) tube. This treatment usually lasts for two to four weeks and is often successful in clearing the infection. If you have Inner Ear Infections or Labyrinthitis, several different treatments are available, but success rates vary considerably. Some patients will require hospitalization while others can recover without any specific treatment. Consult with your doctor about the best course of action for you.


Water in your ear can be extremely frustrating, but it's important to remember that it usually isn't a serious problem. In most cases, the water will evaporate on its own or can be removed easily with home remedies. However, if you experience pain or discomfort when trying to remove the water, you should see a doctor immediately.

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