A New Zealand man who got an ear plug and itch from swimming found something even more disgusting when he went to the doctor to get it checked out.
Zen Wedding went for a swim at her local Auckland, NZ, pool last week, and woke up the next day with a plugged ear. He told The Guardian he could feel something whispering inside, but thought it was just suspicious water movement.
He went to the doctor to have his ear removed with a syringe and was given antibiotics, with instructions to blow-dry the ear.
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“Immediately after, it felt so bad,” Wedding said, adding that he had completely lost hearing in that ear and couldn’t sleep.
He booked an appointment on Monday with an ear doctor, who examined Wedding’s ear canal.
“Actually the second time he looked, he said, ‘Oh my god… I think you have an insect in your ear.'”
The creature was dead and Wedding told the New Zealand Herald that it was “boiling that cockroach” with a blow dryer until it was dead. He also shared a picture of the dead bug on his Facebook page.
The doctor was able to quickly remove the bug using a suction device and some tweezers, and Wedding asked her doctor to keep the bug as a memento.
Wedding told The Herald that he is not sure when and where the cockroach got into his ear, but said he is taking action to prevent it from happening again.
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“It still gives me the creeps. We’ve got Fumigator coming on Friday.”
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This certainly isn’t the first time doctors have pulled a worm out of a person’s ear.
In 2019, doctors in China removed about a dozen cockroaches that were born in the ear canal of a man after he complained of noise and pain.
SELF magazine examined how common it is for cockroaches to find an ear canal to call home, and how it’s not as uncommon or dangerous as one might believe.
In a video shared on YouTube, Matthew Fry, an entomologist at the New York State Integrated Pest Management, says that cockroaches “are not actively looking to get into the human ear. In general, the reason for crawling into an organism’s ear” A lot of the time it’s because they’re looking for a dark, protected spot.”
Unfortunately, though, he adds that cockroaches are probably the most common pest to sneak into people’s ears.
According to the Government of Canada website, cockroaches generally do not tolerate cold very well, so (thankfully) they are not as prevalent in Canada as they are in other parts of the world.
We’re not entirely clear, though – they warn that pests have been found in buildings north of Nunavut.
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