The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears

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.

Photo: Alphonse Bertillon / Wikimedia Commons

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    A Creepy Crawly Centipede

    A Creepy Crawly Centipede
    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 Fly and Its Eggs

    A Fly and Its Eggs
    Photo: Aro RAVELOSON / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    If it's any comfort, the fly was in there long enough to lay the eggs and then it left. What doctors found were 57 maggots just crawling around in an elderly woman's ear.
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    A Moth and a Tick Palling Around

    A Moth and a Tick Palling Around
    Video: YouTube

    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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    A Moth That Traumatized a Young Boy

    A Moth That Traumatized a Young Boy
    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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    An Inch-Long Cockroach

    An Inch-Long Cockroach
    Photo: Michelle Ress / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Not only can cockroaches survive in space but they can also survive inside your ears. A man from Australia learned this the hard way after doctors pulled an inch-long cockroach out of his ear canal. Granted, since it was Australia, he should probably be glad that it was just a cockroach.
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    A Bed Bug Casually Eating a Man's Eardrum

    A Bed Bug Casually Eating a Man's Eardrum
    Video: YouTube
    Bed bugs are bad enough when they're in your apartment, but things get even worse when they crawl into your ear. It was a horror story of epic proportions for one man when a bed bug posted up in his ear. The bug didn't just sleep there, it actually started eating his ear drum.
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