Ear Foreign Body

An ear foreign body is an object that is stuck in the ear. It is common for young children to put objects into the ear canal. These may include pebbles, beads, beans, and any other small objects which will fit. In adults, objects such as cotton swabs may become lodged in the ear canal. In all ages, the most common foreign bodies are insects that enter the ear canal.

SYMPTOMS

Foreign bodies may cause pain, buzzing or roaring sounds, hearing loss, and ear drainage.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Keep all follow-up appointments with your caregiver as told.

  • Keep small objects out of reach of young children. Tell them not to put anything in their ears.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have bleeding from the ear.

  • You have increased pain or swelling of the ear.

  • You have reduced hearing.

  • You have discharge coming from the ear.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a headache.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.