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    Water in you ears?

    It only took me 50 years to figure out how to get excess water out of my ears after a workout without doing the "one legged-banging-head-with-palm" dance. Paper towels, napkins, or even newsprint will work. Don't use polished or bond paper, it is way too tough on the flesh and doesn't absorb very well.

    Through the magic of capillary action, you can remove 94% of the offending water simply by putting your finger in a paper towel and sticking it into your ear. No need to wiggle it around or push hard. As long as the paper touches water, it will drain most moisture out of a healthy ear. Amazing but true. I don't know why my towel cannot do this, but have had remarkable success over the last 6 months since I gave it a try.

    Cheers and good drainage!
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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Have you tried using earplugs (speedo, arena)?

    I myself had to shake my head all the time during lap swimming. It was bothering me so much. Now I just plug my ear and the problem is solved. Also it is good if your pool is noisy (mine is). You can relax and focus more on your technics or your thought with the less distraction.

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    I have not issues with water in my ears while swimming, just the sloshy feel afterwards.
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    Re: Water in you ears?

    for the first time in my life i have experienced pain while swimming due to water in my ears. the last 2 times i have tried to swim, theres been some strangeness. outside of the pool (after removing the water) they have felt just fine. has anyone else ever had this suddenly pop up after 20 years of being in the water without ever having any real trouble before?

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    a few drops of 90% isopropyl works.

    and no need for the "expensive" swimear (tm) stuff

    50/50 isopropyl and white vinegar and NO ear aches ever. and will kill any you do have.

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    I just let the water stay in there. It gets changed every time I swim

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Why the white vinegar?

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    Why the white vinegar?
    The white vinegar is a disinfectant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    The white vinegar is a disinfectant.
    The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz View Post
    The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.
    Thanks 'jerz! Your explanation was much more thorough than mine.
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    Re: Water in you ears?

    You can get custom-made earplugs, such as the Aqua Not by Westone (http://www.westone.com/defendear/ind...d=7&Itemid=112).

    Getting custom-made earplugs ensures that they fit your ears perfectly and keep out the water as much as possible!

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Thanks 'jerz! Your explanation was much more thorough than mine.
    Environmental Engineers are either trying to grow those little guys [bacteria that is] so they'll eat wastes, or kill them so they won't proliferate in our drinking and swimming water and infect us.
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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz View Post
    The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.
    The way it works is that the alcohol changes the surface tension of the liquid so that it drains from the ears.

    I prefer a mixture of 4 part cheap gin and 1 part white vinegar myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    I just let the water stay in there. It gets changed every time I swim
    This smart aleck comment just led me to an ear infection. Dr. prescribed ciprofloxacin for a week with no swimming. Shoulder needs a break anyways.

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    a week?

    btw, nice name!

    50/50 alky and vinegar and you can swim saturday with no pain. just douse it good....use mike's gin for added "i dont care" management in the tummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    a week?

    btw, nice name!

    50/50 alky and vinegar and you can swim saturday with no pain. just douse it good....use mike's gin for added "i dont care" management in the tummy.
    Thanks Steve, though Gin is a little pricey, I might try it (depending on the co-pay)

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    when it comes to shoulder...i know a lot about those too....unfortunately! ice, more ice, 800mg ibuprofin (or in my case 6x a day) and put off the surgery for a while in the false hopes rehab works. hmmm when written like that it dont sound too good does it?

    ears? eh you dont even need them to swim.
    btw you can add 1 or 2 drops of mineral oil to the 50/50 mix to keep your ear from drying out too much.

    hopefully everyone knows about the milk or sweet cream in the eyes to remove chlorine burn.

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Hi,
    (I'm new) There is lots of good advice here, thanks. It is so interesting how everybody has very different approaches. I came across this site http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Fluid-in-Ears The pictures made me laugh. Even more so as I have seen people doing most of these outside the lockers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    Thanks Steve, though Gin is a little pricey, I might try it (depending on the co-pay)
    I priced cheap gin while at Total Wine today. “American Pride” gin cost about $6.50 per fifth. A fifth should make enough ear drops to last a decade. If there is a remote chance that someone would actually drink some of it, I would suggest getting a better brand booze.

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    Re: Water in you ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by -marina- View Post
    Hi,
    (I'm new) There is lots of good advice here, thanks. It is so interesting how everybody has very different approaches. I came across this site http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Fluid-in-Ears The pictures made me laugh. Even more so as I have seen people doing most of these outside the lockers.
    Those pictures are hilarious.
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