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A Bug in Your Ear.. No Really!! Yuck!

Updated on December 12, 2014
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A Bug In Your Ear.. not just an Idiom

Ever hear of that expression 'let me put a bug in your ear'? It is often used to give somebody a reminder or suggestion about a future event. Well, I had it literally happen to me. I will definitely say that I will never use that expression again. I wouldn't wish that experience on anybody!

This summer I was out helping a friend on the back deck when I felt a bug fly and hit my ear. I thought that it just flew off on its merry way. It took me about 30 more seconds to realize that it had actually flown in my ear. Part of my confusion was due to the fact that I had gone swimming a little bit earlier. So, when I heard it crawling inside my ear I couldn't tell if it was just water in my ear until I continued to hear the intermittent sound of him moving around when I was standing still. It was so creepy!

I tried to lightly dig at my ear to see if I could catch any part of it with just my finger. I couldn't. I tried bouncing up and down with that ear pointed towards the ground. No luck. I told my friend what was going on. She didn't believe me at first. Thought it was just water. Then she realized that I was right.

I was trying to remain calm. It was such a creepy feeling to have it moving around against my eardrum. I didn't know what to do. My friend said, "Let me Google it!" and she did.

Here's what we came up with:


Tips on Removing Bug From Ear

1. Lay down on your side with the affected ear pointing up.

2. Put mineral or olive oil in your ear till you fill up ear canal (this actually worked at this point and the bug came floating out and my friend grabbed it) if it doesn't come out, tip your ear towards ground and bug might come out that way.

4. Rinse your ear out with warm water afterwards.

If it doesn't work at this point they advised to go to the emergency room because you don't want to run the risk of it biting or stinging your ear inside.

Another article I just read when writing this said that you can first try going in a dark room and shining a flashlight about an inch from the opening to your ear. It said that some bugs go toward lights. I didn't try that first.

I do have to say a huge thank you to my quick-thinking friend. She saved me from having to go to the emergency room. I don't think I could have endured having that bug in my ear for that long for sure!


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