If you've ever gone snorkeling or diving, the Valsalva maneuver should be fairly familiar to you. Even if you've never heard of it, it can come in handy if you ever get water stuck in your ears. The Valsalva maneuver has the added benefit of not only removing water from your ear but also being able to pop the ears, therefore normalizing pressure. To perform it, close your mouth and pinch your nostrils closed using your fingers. Proceed to take a deep breath, and carefully blow air out of the nose. The resulting action will pop the ears and at the same time clear the ear of water.
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