Did I Mess Up by Letting Water Shoot Directly Into My Ears from the Shower Head?

Discussion in 'Support' started by whatdidyousay, May 9, 2020.

    1. whatdidyousay

      whatdidyousay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud volumes
      Summary: Let water 'shoot' directly into my ears from the shower head above me while talking a shower. This was 3 days ago.


      Been having some sniffles and nasal drip lately. And every now and then I get probably dumb ideas to 'clean' my ears. One of the things I recall reading was to "tilt your head" while in the shower. I'm not the smartest guy and so I may have interpreted it wrong. I basically just tilted my head and let the shower water 'shoot' directly downward into the ear and then as I felt it fill with water I tilted it the other day to let the water drain out of my ears. And then I turned to the side and did the same with the other ear. As mentioned in the summary, I just measured it and my ear was roughly a foot below the shower head and it was streaming at regular force.

      Should I be worried about damage, further tinnitus, or ear infection(s)? Is the pressure from the water damaging?

      It 'seems' like my ears may be a little more clogged or ringing a bit more but I'm really not sure. I also have some over the counter (non-prescription) Hyland's earache drops but my ears don't hurt and so I'm not sure if I should even use them.
       
    2. OnceUponaTime
      Busy

      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Try not to worry about it but don't do it again.
      It won't.
       
    3. Brooklyn NY

      Brooklyn NY Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 5, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      probably pepto bismo and aspercreme
      Hi, I’ve had tinnitus from medications since 2017. From my personal experience I’ve never caused any additional problems with my ears in the shower. I’m usually the nervous type with my tinnitus, worrying over most situations. However, I’m guessing that unless you have a perforated ear drum, you can’t damage them with water. Nerves and worrying tend to temporarily increase ringing, so it could be that.
       
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    4. Tybs

      Tybs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Fall from stairs
      Yeah... seriously, don't do this. Good chance any damage will still heal, but this is quite dangerous for your eardrums.

      If you ever need to clean your ears, use a safe tool like described in this post.
       
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    5. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If you Were to get a spike, you would KNOW. Having said this, sometimes the spikes happen the next morning.

      I am pretty sure that you will end up being ok (even if you get a spike, most spikes are temporary). But it make sense to protect your ears from noise when you can, so you might want to be a little more careful next time.
       
    6. jasonbourne

      jasonbourne Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      A shower blast into your ear can be pretty loud. If you want to clean your ears under the shower aim it under a single stream. I doubt any permanent damage has been done if you moved your ear fast, but do avoid having the whole stream on your ear.
       
    7. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I personally wouldn't worry about it.
       
    8. johnsole65
      No Mood

      johnsole65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Not sure I agree with what others are saying regarding this.

      It is recommended to clean your ears by ENTs with water and soap in this way, just dont let it stream for to long.

      I doubt we would have evolved such a complex organ without some sort of protection against water getting in our ears like that.
       
    9. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Indeed. If only there was a membrane separating the middle ear from the outer ear.
       
    10. martinberryhorse

      martinberryhorse Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Aug 5, 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One hard cough
      The night I got tinnitus, I flushed my ears with hot water from the showerhead for probably too much time. I was desperate to get the ringing to stop. However I did not experience any sort of spike and my tinnitus improved after two monthes, though it was unrelated.
      I don't think what you have done will cause any lasting damage.
       
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