How do I get water out of my ear safely after swimming?

Angela Lederman, MS

Audiologist

28 October 2018 - 3.8K Views

Water in your ear canal will most often dry up on it's own.  Putting a few drops of alcohol in the ear canal may help to speed up this process.  Tipping your head sideways and wiggling your ear a bit may also help the water to escape.  If you are bothered by water in your ears after swimming, consider getting custom swim plugs from your audiologist.  

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Lynda Clark, AuD

Audiologist

18 October 2018 - 3.85K Views

Water in the ear canal will dry on it's own eventually. To speed the process, a few drops of alcohol will dry up the water faster. Do not put anything in your ear canal without you doctors recommendation if there's a possibility of a perforated eardrum of if you have ventilation tubes (PE tubes).
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Kristen Weinbaum, AuD

Doctor of Audiology

18 October 2018 - 3.86K Views

You can try pouring a little bit of alcohol into your ears after swimming.  The alcohol will dry up any lingering water in your ear canals.  You can also get specialized earplugs for swimming if you swim quite often!  
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Chris Pape, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider

01 November 2018 - 3.79K Views

The heat from the dryer can help evaporate the water inside your ear canal.

Set your blow dryer to its lowest setting. 

Hold the hair dryer about a foot away from your ear and move it in a back-and-forth motion.

While tugging down on your earlobe, let the warm air blow into your ear.

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Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD

Doctor of Audiology

18 October 2018 - 3.84K Views

Believe it or not, there's also an  Ear  Dryer made by Macks!  The product is great for those of us  who always get water trapped in our ears.  It's gentle and safe to use.

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