Small insects can, in fact get lost in people's ears. The phenomenon is more common in countries where people sleep a lot on the floor. You rarely hear about it in Europe. Usually it is a question of small flies or beetles.
The fear of a bug in the ear is of course not completely unfounded: In the worst case, a small spider or other insect could crawl into your ear while you sleep. But this probability is extremely small. This is not only ensured by our European sleeping habits, but also by ear wax : the smell and the bitter substances in ear wax repel insects. The human ear protects itself naturally against intruders.
How rare insects are in the ear is also shown by the fact that the few spectacular cases from the USA or Asia are worth a newspaper report even in Europe: The story of a woman from California with a tick in her ear was covered in medical journals for ENT doctors worldwide. In India a man had a seven centimeter long cricket in his ear, a man in Australia had a cockroach and a Chinese woman had a jumping spider!
But if a fly, moth, ant or other insect has found its way into the ear, keep calm. If you can't gently remove it yourself, don't be afraid to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. Under no circumstances should you try to get into your ear with tweezers or anything similar. The risk of injury is too great.
As mentioned above, it is rare, but not impossible to have an insect in the ear. Symptoms are:
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.
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 remove 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:
A bug that has entered your ear is very likely to die quickly. However, it doesn't always happen, and in some cases it can stay alive for a few days, causing discomfort and noise in your ear.
Until the Middle Ages, dried and pulverized earwigs were used to treat ear diseases. Under no circumstances are they dangerous. Earwigs can't even pinch with their pincers. The pincers are only used to deter enemies and to unfold the rarely used, almost invisible wings. These animals are considered useful insects because they eat aphids and caterpillars.
Other foreign bodies in the ear are more common 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 "home-made" problem. Ear wax plugs are the most common cause. You can try to remove these yourself with cooking oil.