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 Pin It Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to save a choking child Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR 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 A soft object which is clearly visible and within grasp, may be withdrawn carefully with tweezers.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 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 Drink to your kidneys! Lifestyle Children of Fukushima don't play outside Medical Hearing-aid apps pump up the volume Lifestyle Animals with prosthetic limbs Diet and nutrition What does Reeva's last meal say? Medical What we know about Reeva’s Injuries From our sponsors Recovery after exercise is an essential part of any workout What is Metabolic Syndrome? Could you have it? Eyecare for computer users Treet-It Anti-Lice aiding schools in the prevention of Head Lice Live healthier Fight the flu » Colds and flu Flu near you? Flu can kill Swine flu is coming – time to get your shot! The WHO has warned that the swine flu is making its way south as the temperature drops. And it's a particularly virulent strain. Everyone should get vaccinated. Great skin » Probiotics and skin Your skin Oily skins 5 steps to blemish-free healthy skin Thought those embarrassing breakouts would go the same way of teenage angst and strict curfews? As it turns out, adult acne is becoming increasingly common.