7 effective ways to get water out of your ear

Did you ever have the sensation that your ears feel clogged after a swim or taking a shower? That might mean that you have water in your ears. Any water can be contaminated with bacteria and, if not removed, you may end up with an infection of your external ear canal. This condition is often referred to as Otitis Externa or Swimmer’s Ear. Symptoms can include ear pain, itching and irritation in and around your ear canal as well as redness and swelling of your outer ear and ear canal.

But it mustn’t come to that as there are quite a few simple home remedies – Here, we’ve compiled a list of effective treatments to remove water from your ear canal or, even better, prevent the problem altogether. Read on to find out:

Tip #1: Try more water

This technique is equally surprising and effective. Just lie on your side and fill up the affected ear with clean water. Then wait a few seconds and turn over. All of the water should be able to come out easily!

Tip #2: Let gravity help you

This approach is similar to our first tip – but, forego adding water to your ear and simply lie on your side for quite a few minutes to ensure that all water is slowly drained from your ear canal.

Tip #3: Tug your earlobe

This approach works in a variety of different ways: you can either shake your head from side to side or tug your earlobe while tilting your head downwards.

Tip #4: Use a hair dryer

The hot air from a hair dryer may help to evaporate the water inside your ears. But, always make sure to turn it to its lowest setting and hold it at a minimum distance of one foot away from your ear to avoid any injuries.

Tip #5: Try olive oil

This requires a bit of time and preparation but it works. Simply warm some olive oil and then drop a small quantity within the affected ear. Lie on your side to let the oil do its job and then get up and tilt your head downward. The oil will not only help to repel and therefore remove the water but may also help to prevent infections.

Tip #6: Try EarPro

EarPro is an effective solution against trapped water and related ear issues. EarPro’s main ingredient coats the ear canal with a highly water-repellent layer, waterproofing the skin lining and dispelling water from the ear. This limits direct skin exposure to water and any contaminants or microorganisms contained in the water, helping to prevent ear infections and Swimmer’s Ear.

EarPro contains oregano oil whose natural antimicrobial properties target any bacteria and fungi that can cause ear infections.

EarPro is highly effective and has helped many customers. You can find their helpful reviews here.

Tip #7: What not to do!

Some advise to use eardrops made of either hydrogen peroxide or a mix of alcohol and vinegar. However, without consulting a physician, we certainly do not recommend using these.

Please also don’t use any objects within your ear canal such as your fingers or cotton swabs as you most likely make things even worse by adding bacteria or injuring your ear.

Also, please go and see your doctor if you have pain or any other symptoms which may indicate an infection of your outer ear canal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash – thanks very much!

ScubaPortal recommends EarPro


ScubaPortal is Italy’s premier destination for all aspects around scuba diving. In October 2020, its managing editor tested EarPro and published his findings in their magazine.

ScubaPortal kindly agreed for a translated version of this review to be published here:

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ScubaPortal recommends EarPro

EarPro is a oregano oil-based, convenient spray which comes with naturally antibacterial properties. EarPro claims that it helps fight bacteria which may cause ear infections and pain, but, while doing so, doesn’t impact the healthy and needed good bacteria in our ear canals.

Recently, during a week of diving on the island of Elba, I had the opportunity to test if EarPro is indeed a new and effective way to fighting ear issues – the traditional nemesis of many divers.

Here is how EarPro works: you simply spray it into your ears before entering the water and the solution creates a layer waterproofing the external auditory canal. This will prevent any water to be trapped. Often, trapped water causes the growth of harmful bacteria which may lead to infections (external otitis), pain, irritation and swelling. The oregano oil doesn’t only smell nicely, it also helps to fight the growth of such harmful bacteria. Clinical tests confirm that specifically those germs responsible for ear infections are the ones eradicated. This is in stark contrast to most of the products that divers use to prevent or treat ear problems. Typically, these are based on alcohol or other substances that dry out the very delicate and sensitive environment within our ears, killing the entirety of the microbial flora in our outer ear canals in the process.

I used EarPro before each dive as instructed, immediately getting a feeling of freshness and well-being in the ear, which remains naturally soft and moist. I have never had the sensation of a plugged ear, or of hearing loss. I definitely recommend it, for all the reasons listed above.

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The original post was written by Massimo Boyer, Scubazone’s Managing & Editorial Director. You can connect with Scubazone on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or subscribe to their news via RSS.

EarPro thanks ScubaPortal and Massimo for this great article and review!

Do you have any questions how EarPro can help you? Then see our FAQ section or write to us!

What to do when you’ve got water stuck in your ears [Infographic]

Playing in water is fun for people of all ages and many people enjoy swimming, surfing and lots of other activities in water to their fullest. But, all of the splashing around can also lead to water getting trapped in your ears creating a sense fullness in either one or sometimes even both ears. When this – typically bacteria-laden – water isn’t properly drained, the warm, moist environment of the ear canal creates a perfect environment for bacteria to multiply and may cause an infection.

That’s why we put together this helpful infographic giving you essential information on what causes water to be trapped in our ears in the first place, what we can do to prevent this from happening as well as any related health issues and when it is time to see a doctor.