Help! I’ve Got Salt in My Ear!
So you’ve come in for a float session, had an incredibly relaxing time and left feeling like you were literally “floating”. You go home, have dinner and take yourself to bed. The next morning, you wake up with a strange crackling feeling in your ear that you can’t seem to shake.
Then you remember…you forgot to put your earplugs in before you floated. Or maybe your earplug fell out mid-float. Or maybe you felt water leak in past your earplug. Regardless, there is clearly a float tank solution that snuck its way into your ear and you want it out!
Our float tanks are filled with warm water and a tremendous amount of Epsom salt – 500kg to be exact. This creates the super buoyant solution that allows your body to float effortlessly to the surface, relieving you of tension and promoting a deep sense of relaxation.
Give Your Ears a Rinse
If this solution leaks into your ears during your float, the easiest way to get it out is in your post-float shower. We always recommend to give your ears a proper rinse out after every float, regardless of any known leaks – just to be certain.
If you didn’t rinse out well enough the Epsom salt may begin to crystallize in your ears, creating a crunchy or crackling sensation that can be quite uncomfortable. This, thankfully, is also an easy fix! Create a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and water and bring this into your shower at home. Pour it into your ears, one at a time, and swish it around. The vinegar will dissolve the Epsom salt – this is the same solution we use to clean the outside of our float tanks and works a treat!
Don’t let the fear of salty ears turn you off floating – most people have no issue with saltwater in their ears and if it has happened to you, the vinegar solution does the trick. The best thing to do is be preventative: be sure your earplugs are securely before you shower and if foam earplugs don’t fit properly, ask our staff and we can provide you with an alternative.
Source: Float Well