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

Angela Lederman, MS


28 October 2018 - 3.77K 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


18 October 2018 - 3.82K 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 - 3.83K 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 - 3.76K 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 - 3.81K 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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Melissa W
Melissa W 18 October 2018

Water often resolves in its own. There is a product that I recommend called “After Swim.” It’s a flat sponge that can absorb water from your ear canal. Please be careful placing anything near the inside of your ear canal.

Roberta S
Roberta S 18 October 2018
Try tipping your head to the side while pulling on the side of your ear (helix and antihelix).  Pulling the ear outward opens up the ear canal and may better allow the water to drain out.  Gravity will do the work for you!
Jeffrey  C
Jeffrey C 19 October 2018

Any pharmacy or any of our offices carry swimmers ear relief drops. A alcohol based product that you squeeze into your ear and will help to dry up the water that may get trapped. Other wise you can try pulling on the outside of your ear straightening the canal and tilting your head to allow the fluid to escape. 

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