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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.

Flesh-Eating Maggots Gnawing a Hole in a Woman's Head
Flesh-Eating Maggots Gna... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears
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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.
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An Inch-Long Cockroach
An Inch-Long Cockroach ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears
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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 Fly and Its Eggs
A Fly and Its Eggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears
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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
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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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