What’s more disturbing than having a creepy-crawly in your ear? Learning how common it is might be! Benjamin McGrew, M.D., an associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Otolaryngology, says “We see [a bug wedged in an ear canal] about four to five times a year in our clinic.”

In this article, CaptionCall shows you six of the scariest things found in an ear.


The warm, dark recesses of an ear are the perfect home for a spider. A Chinese woman had one living in her ear for almost a week before seeking medical treatment.


Buzzfeed tells the story of a man who had intense pain and buzzing in his ear—only to find out that a moth had made a home in his ear canal. His friends were able to remove it with tweezers. If this happens to you, we recommend seeking medical help.


Earwax contains volatile fatty acids that cockroaches are attracted to. When these insects come out at night, they might think our warm, dark, and humid ears are their ideal home.


If you spend time outside in the summer, especially on the East Coast, then you know just how important it is to check for ticks. Here is a story of a 9-year-old boy who had to have surgery to remove a tick that attached to his eardrum.


This one really is gross. A 40-year-old man developed an earache, determined it was caused by a fly, and used mineral oil to kill and remove it. When the fly couldn’t be removed, the man went to the doctor who discovered not only was there a dead fly in his ear—there were maggots too. Ewww.


While not a creepy-crawly, it’s more common to damage your own eardrums with a cotton swab than for an insect to be the culprit. Q-Tips can push earwax deep into the ear canal, impacting the wax and causing hearing loss. It’s best to visit a health care professional to remove built-up earwax.

Even though it can be hair-raising to think of critters making themselves at home in your ear, hearing loss can be the most terrifying experience in a person’s life. That’s why CaptionCall believes that getting help for your hearing struggles should not be a daunting task. If you have hearing loss that necessitates the need for captioning, contact CaptionCall to find out more.

No creepy-crawlies, guaranteed.