How to Recover From the Swimmer's Ear Ringing Sound

How to Recover From the Swimmer's Ear Ringing SoundAfter swimming for an extended period of time, you may experience a ringing sound that seems to stem from the inside of your ear. This is "swimmer's ear," and the sound vibrations you detect are bouncing off of the trapped water in your ear, causing the ringing sensation. To recover from this ringing, you will need to remove the water from your ear.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Towel
  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Doctor-prescribed medication
Step 1
If your ears are full of water after swimming, immediately dry them with a towel. This will help prevent swimmer's ear from occurring.
Step 2
Tilt your ear with the clogged water toward your shoulder. Meanwhile, pull down on the ear lobe. This should help drain the water out of the ear.
Step 3
If tilting your ear doesn't work, combine one part white vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol. Pour about one teaspoon of the mixture into your ear and let it drain out. This solution will help prevent bacterial growth in your ear that will cause the swimmer's ear.
Step 4
Visit your doctor if the water has not drained after a few days. They might prescribe medication, depending on the severity of the swimmer's ear, that will have antifungal medication to clear out the bacteria, steroids to reduce the inflammation of the ear canal or an antibiotic to fight the bacterial infection.
Step 5
Lie down with your swimmers ear facing the ceiling. Drip a few drops of the medication into the ear and remaining lying for a minute or so.
Step 6
Place a cotton ball inside your ear to prevent the medication from spilling out when you sit and stand.
Step 7
Repeat the medication treatment twice a day for up to seven days, or according to your doctor's instructions, until the ringing and water go away.

Article Written By Greyson Ferguson

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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