I went swimming and now I can only hear a little in my clogged ear what should I do

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Yesterday I went swimming and I got my ears clogged for a while and I tried a lot of things but I only think that it isn't making it better like a cotton swab. I tried holding my nose and popping it but it didn't work. Now I can only hear a little in my ear that's clogged!! What should I do my family is getting worried. I don't hear ringing so I don't know if the things they say is gonna work all I can hear is in my right ear and a little in my left. What should I do if this happens!??!

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    Don't panic, this used to happen all the time to me, get some olive oil drops or otex, use for about a week, should loosen the wax build up

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    Hi Katie, if you make a spear out of a tissue and push it in as far as it will go, it will absorb the water in there. If the water is trapped behind wax see your GP to have it syringed out before it gets infected. Water that sits in the ear gets warm from your body temperature and is a good place for bacteria to breed. x
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    After trying some tips from the net that didn't work, I realised that it's a good idea to MOVE the water out of your ear.

    What I did- while standing positioned my head parallel to the ground (the clogged is ear facing the ground), then from that position started swaying my head up and down. By doing that after a few moves you should feel the water moving closer to the entrance of your ear.

    After every few moves I put my index finger into the ear (very carefully and not to close to the eardrum), and moved it gently downward to create suction, then the tip of the finger would move in the direction out of the ear and just pop out- that's the suction that should bring water out of your ear, remember to be careful. That sounds like an instruction, but it's easy to do- aim at creating suction.

    After a few repetitions, I felt water on the tip of my finger, it was sucked out. I doubt there are any contraindications to doing that, just need to be careful with your finger.

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    This happened to me. All you have to do is tilt your head to which ear you can't hear out of and jump. Then it should pop and the water clogged in your ear will come out.

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