Is there anything grosser than when people find things in their ears? The concept of something getting into your ear without you knowing is both bizarre and disturbing. Most of the gross things found in people's ears probably shouldn't even be in there in the first place - and this includes things that can crawl.
Ears are an essential part of living an unhindered life and yet a lot of people just don't take care of them like they should. To be fair, there is a lot of misinformation and misguided advice out there when it comes to ear care. Despite the fact that most boxes of cotton swabs explicitly warn against using them inside your ear, that's what most people actually use them for anyway. Then there's the whole earwax candle which is both dangerous and ineffective.
Maybe all the stories of gross stuff found in people's ears shouldn't be so surprising given the way some people treat their ears, but that doesn't make them any less disturbing.
A Moth and a Tick Palling Around
What's worse than having a bug stuck in your ear, you ask? How about having two bugs, one of which is a notorious blood sucker known to carry all sorts of deadly diseases, stuck in your ear. That's what one man had to endure when a moth and a tick took up residency in his head. Luckily for the man, his friends were able to remove both insects with tweezers before they could do too much damage.
Flesh-Eating Maggots Gnawing a Hole in a Woman's Head
One severely unlucky woman didn't just have maggots lodged in her ear, she had a ball of flesh-eating maggots eating a hole in her head. They got there after a trip to Peru and some had already begun to lay eggs.
A Three-Inch Long Live Cricket
When something is stuck in your ear, it's pretty much always going to seem big. For one man though, it actually was. Doctors pulled a three-inch long live cricket out of his ear. Hopefully it wasn't chirping the whole time.
A Spider That Lived in a Woman for Almost a Week
A Chinese woman is probably scarred for life after a spider lived in her ear for almost a week. Doctors removed it eventually but it was surely a haunting ordeal. You can see images of the disgusting thing in her ear here, but fair warning, you can't unsee them.