How to Get Rid of Annoying Body Problems
What causes them: Water finds its way into the ear canal, most often while you're swimming, and muffles your hearing.
What to do: Often it's enough to tilt your head and find an angle that will let the water drain out, says Rachel C. Vreeman, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, in Indianapolis. Holding a hair dryer a few inches from your ear can also dry up the fluid, Vreeman says—but be sure to use the gentlest setting. If the dryer is too hot or too loud, you could burn yourself or harm your hearing.
If your ear hurts, is red, or is draining fluid, you may have an infection known as swimmer's ear, and should seek medical attention.