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Insect in the ear

Insect in the ear - symptoms

As mentioned above, it's rare, but not impossible: an insect in the ear.
Symptoms are:

  • a tingling sensation and / or unexplained tickling
  • rushing noises, such as water in the ear, or ringing in the ears, which can be mistaken for tinnitus
  • a slight hearing loss with the impression that the ear is blocked
  • a feeling of a foreign object in the ear.
    If it is very quiet, you may not even notice an insect in your ear. If the insect remains in the ear for a long time, a symptom can also be an inflammation of the ear canal, which is triggered by a small animal or the fly in the ear.

Can I remove an insect in the ear myself?

Yes, you can remove an insect in your ear yourself. To do this, three safe measures are recommended. But be careful! If these methods do not succeed in removing the insect from the ear, please consult an ENT specialist. The risk of injury to the eardrum is too great.
Here are the "do-it-yourself" techniques:

  • Take a flashlight and go into a dark room. Shine on the outside of your ear. Many insects (e.g. flies, bugs, beetles and moths) use light sources for orientation, so they are literally attracted by the light and can thus find their way out of the ear.
  • If that didn't work, you can rinse your ear. Tilt your head so that the affected ear is facing up. Let water run into the ear and then turn your head so that the water can run out again. The insect should then be flushed out.
  • If rinsing the ear with water did not help, you can try oil. Again, hold your head with the affected ear up and let cooking oil (e.g. olive oil) run into your ear. Remain in this position for a few minutes. The animal will be killed and then washed out with the oil if you hold your ear down.

Ear pince-nez - what's this all about?

Ear pince-nez, ear pince-nez, ear picks, earwigs, ear cancers, ear crawlers or ear slippers - in the different regions of the German-speaking area these useful insects have always different names. Only the ear always plays a role. Background: Until the Middle Ages, ear picks, dried and pulverized, were used against ear diseases. Under no circumstances are ear pikers dangerous. Ear picks can't even pinch with their pliers. The pincers are only used to deter enemies and to unfold the rarely used, almost invisible wings. In modern medical history nothing is known of a pince-nez in the ear, although theoretically it would of course be possible. The animals are considered beneficial insects because they eat aphids and caterpillars, which cause damage, especially in fruit and vegetable cultivation.

Other foreign objects in the ear

Other foreign bodies are more common in the ear than insects. For example, when working in the house and garden, parts of plants get unnoticed in the ear or dust and sand. Foreign bodies in the ear canal are mainly noticeable through hearing problems and the feeling of having something in the ear. Often, however, it is also a "self-made" problem. Earwax plugs are the most common cause. You can try to remove these yourself with cooking oil.