Often, when I’m in the shower, I use the soap to clean the outside of my ears. The doctors say you should clean this area every day, so I do. I usually do it when I’m shampooing my hair so I can wash all the soap off my head at the same time. A lot of the time I turn my head the wrong way, and the shower spray goes right into my ear canal. I now have water trapped in my ear. Usually I can just pull on the earlobe and out it comes, but sometimes it gets lodged in there and I can’t get it out no matter what I try.
I use the “finger in the ear” method, the “jump up and down” method and the “use a hair dryer to blow warm air into your ear and evaporate it” method. I even use the “tilt your head to one side and smack yourself on the opposite side” method. None of these works, and they only succeed in making me dizzy or giving me a headache. On many occasions, I’ve even tried shoving a Q-tip up further than your supposed to in hopes that the absorbent cotton will attract the water. It doesn’t work. Sometimes the water is in there for 2 or 3 days, through more showers, and I have to live with that sloshing noise that accompanies it, or the pain that can occur after a few days. This can lead to Swimmer’s Ear, which I’ve had more times than I’d like to remember.
There’s really nothing I can do to stop this except be super careful in the shower. Now, I run the water off my head, and splash it into my ears to wash off the soap. I sometimes still get water in there, but it usually drips out with a good pull of the earlobe. I have used the tips from this site before (except for the vinegar and alcohol one….just don’t care for the smell) and a couple of them have worked: http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Water-from-Ears. I guess the only thing to do is live with it when you can’t get it out. Sleep with that ear into the pillow and hope there’s a little water spot on the pillow in the morning.