When Water Gets Stuck in Your Ear and You Can’t Get It Out

ear water

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. water q tip 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.

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  1. I am afraid to go swimming because it feels to me like the energy of my ear is heading in the wrong direction. After seeing an ear specialist, MD who tested my hearing (it’s fine) and tried a strong dose of decongestants to no avail, said that I could choose to live with it or we could try something else (he didn’t know what). After two years, I went to acupuncturist. She did not know if she could help but she said that she would try. After the first appointment, she suggested a total of four to six appointments with the expectation that I would be able to swim! Fifteen minutes after acupuncture appointment number three, my ears did clear. I was very excites. I was going on Tuesdays and Saturdays. However at some point (maybe while I was sleeping?), the clarity reversed. Acupuncture appointments #4 & #5 did not advance my case. My last predicted appointment is the day after tomorrow. I don’t think that I will be swimming any time soon.

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