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The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears  

Jordan Love
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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.

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A Moth That Traumatized a Young Boy
A Moth That Traumatized a Youn... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears
Photo: Vicki DeLoach/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
It would be bad enough to have a pretty butterfly in your ear, but instead, a Colorado kid got a live moth lodged all up in his ear. Doctors couldn't get it out for quite some time and when they finally did, it started flying around the room like it hadn't just traumatized the poor kid for the rest of his life.
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A Creepy Crawly Centipede
A Creepy Crawly Centipede is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears
Photo: Elton Harding/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

Anyone with hundreds of little bug feet walking around inside their ear is likely to go insane. Luckily for this 14-year-old boy, he pulled out the centipede that had been living in his ear before it caused any real damage.

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A June Bug That Attacked During a Game of Cards
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While playing an innocent game of cards and minding his own business, one man was attacked by a June bug. It flew into his ear and burrowed itself in deeper and deeper until it was essentially too far in to get it out. He had to wait two days to see a doctor who had the tools capable of removing it.
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A Moth and a Tick Palling Around
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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.

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