Water may get trapped in your ears during any kind of activity that involves water from taking a shower to swimming in the ocean or surfing. If you have even just a little bit of wax in your ear canals, the water can mix in with the wax or get stuck behind it, making it very hard to drain. Some people simply have narrow ear canals. When the ear canals are too narrow, water is more likely to become trapped.
Many people resort to various methods to remove water from the ear, due to which there is a risk of ear damage. If you want to remove water from the ears, you can follow some simple measures for it.
Many people will instinctively move or tug the earlobe when water gets in their ears. Lying down on one side and keeping still for a few minutes may help the liquid drain or trickle from the ear.
Tilt the head so the affected ear faces down. Hold the earlobe with the thumb behind the ear and gently tug and jiggle the ear in all directions. This may help shake the inside of the ear and create a path for any trapped water to flow out.
It may also help to wiggle the deeper areas of the ear during this process. Try yawning, wiggling the jaw, or making exaggerated chewing motions with the mouth to help move water towards the outer canal, and then tug at the earlobe to finish the process.
Creating a vacuum
Using the palms to get some reverse pressure in the ear and vacuum the water out may be possible. Tilt the head to the side so the affected ear faces down. Cup the hand around the ear, so the palm covers most of the ear and ear canal.
Push the cupped palm toward the ear, slightly pressing the ear into the head, and then pulling away again. The palm should flatten as it presses into the ear and cup again as it pulls away. The person should feel suction and release in the ear during this activity. After doing this a few times, tilt the head down to allow the liquid to drain. It may help to jiggle the earlobe again to help the water out.
Applying a warm compress
Soak a towel or washcloth in warm water and squeeze out the extra water. Make sure the towel is not too hot, as this may cause a burn or irritation in the ear.
A warm compress may help relax the tissues in the ear and loosen congestion in the area. Fold the towel and tilt the head, resting the ear on the compress. Rest there for several minutes, letting the warmth relax the ear and promote drainage. It may also help to use other techniques after the ear is warm, such as yawning or tugging at the ear to promote further drainage.