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Ear Pressure Relief: Foolproof Techniques for Removing Water from Your Ears

When you have water in your ear, it may not always have that water in your ear feeling. Sometimes you may feel a sensation of water sloshing around in your ear or like you have water stuck in your ear. Other times it may just feel clogged. Water in the ear can be painful, and it can also affect how well you hear. Voices and other sounds may be muffled or seem like you’re underwater.

We have some tips that will help you get rid of water from your ears and prevent health complications.

The Gravity/Jiggling Technique

Lie on the ground with your affected ear parallel to the floor, tilt your head and jiggle your earlobe. Gravity will take care of the rest! You can use a cotton swab to remove any water remaining in your ears.

Create a Vacuum With Your Hand

When using the gravity method, place the palm of your hand flat against your ear and press hard for a few seconds. Quickly remove your hand and repeat if necessary. This motion acts as a temporary vacuum and can help to get water out of the ear. Only use this method when your affected ear is facing the ground.

The Chew and Yawn Technique

Moving your mouth and jaw helps equalize pressure in the Eustachian tubes. Try chewing gum and yawning to encourage built-up water to drain out. Shaking your head afterward provides an extra assist if you can’t quite get it all.

Try the Valsalva Maneuver

The name of this exercise makes it sound complicated and involved, but it's actually super simple. While pinching your nostrils shut and keeping your mouth closed, breathe out forcefully as if you were blowing your nose or blowing out birthday candles. As long as the mouth stays shut, the air you force out should "pop" your ears and force open the Eustachian tubes. You may need to repeat this maneuver several times to fully clear the blockage.

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Gravity Jiggling Technique


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