Home > Medical > First aid > Removing foreign objects 29 June 2005 Foreign objects in the ear How do you remove an object lodged in someone's ear? We show you how. 0 Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child Children may put objects into the ear canal. Small children may not realise that something is in the ear. Sometimes insects crawl into the ear canal. An embedded object may cause pain, hearing loss or injury to the eardrum. Home treatment Tilt the person's head to the affected side. Straighten the ear canal by pulling the ear lobe upwards and backwards. Shake the head gently in this position. A soft object which is clearly visible and within grasp, may be withdrawn carefully with tweezers. Don't use this method if the person cannot keep still. Never use an ear bud, match or similar object as this will push the object in deeper and may cause damage to the eardrum. If a live insect is lodged in the ear (the person may hear the buzzing), pull the lobe backwards and upwards so as to straighten the canal. Shine a light into it. The insect might crawl out towards the light. If this is unsuccessful, pour warm (but not hot) mineral oil, olive oil or baby oil into the ear. The insect should suffocate and wash out with the oil. Don't use oil if you suspect that the eardrum has been perforated, or if the object is not an insect. See your doctor if: you cannot remove the object. there is pain or fever, bleeding or discharge from the ear. The eardrum may have been perforated. pain or reduced hearing continues. More in Medical Removing fishhooks More: First aidRemoving foreign objects SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Muhammad Ali set to recover from pneumonia Medical E-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes Lifestyle Party like a pro Lifestyle Alcohol blackouts common in teens Lifestyle How to stay safe this holiday Lifestyle 13 food superstitions From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.