Small insects can get lost in people's ears. This is more common in countries where people sleep a lot on the floor. In the U.S. bugs in ears are rare. The most common bugs that get lost in ear are small flies or cockroaches.
As mentioned above, it is rare but not impossible to experience a bug in the ear. Common symptoms are:
If the bug stays in the ear for a long time inflammation of the ear canal can occur. Other problems that can arise from a bug in the ear include:
It is more likely that there are other foreign bodies in the ear than a bug. Indeed, for example, when working in the house or garden, parts of plants, dust and sand may enter the ear.
The presence of foreign bodies in the ear canal can either be perceived as a hearing problem or merely feels like something is present in the ear. Often, however, these sensations are caused by earwax accumulating the ear.
Myiases are forms of parasitosis that are distinguished by the formation of larvae inside the body and can affect both humans and other mammalian species. Aural myiasis involves infestation of the external ear and/or middle ear by maggots (the larval stage of flies). Myiasis is a rather rare pathology, it is found in tropical areas and in people who, for various reasons, have little or no personal hygiene.
Although aural myiasis is a self-limiting disease, it can be associated with fatal complications like penetration within the central nervous system. In order for a diagnosis to be made, it is necessary to consult your doctor when the following occur:
Sometimes it is possible to remove a bug from the ear at home. The important thing is to remain still and calm. First, never use Q-tips or instruments that put pressure by pressing into the ear. As this will push the insect deeper into the ear canal and may cause further damage.
The best option would be for the bug to go away on its own, one thing you can try is to shine a light outside your ear in a darkened room. Many insects (e.g. flies, bugs, beetles and moths) use light sources for orientation; so, irresistibly attracted by the light, they can find their way out of the ear. If it does not go away on its own, to remove a bug from the ear, try following these steps:
Insects that might get in your ear are: