How to Tell If There Is a Spider in My Ear?

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Though there is not much room, a spider may even spin a web in your ear.
Though there is not much room, a spider may even spin a web in your ear. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Spiders, with their eight eyes and eight legs, frighten many people because of how inhuman they are. Spiders come in a variety of sizes, live nearly anywhere they can find food and often wander into human dwellings where they are unwelcome. A spider in your ear would be even more unwelcome. Before you panic, check whether or not there really is a spider in your ear. If there is a spider, a doctor can easily remove it for you.

Listen carefully. If there is a spider in your ear, you may hear strange sounds because of how close it is to your ear drum. You may also experience pain or discomfort in the event of a spider taking up residence inside your ear canal.

Turn your head sideways to look at your ear in a mirror, and see if there is a spider immediately obvious.

Ask a friend to look in your ear, possibly with a magnifying glass and small flashlight to see deeper into the ear canal.

Visit a doctor, who will be able to perform a more thorough inspection of your ear. The doctor will also be able to flush out your ear, or remove a spider with a tweezers or forceps.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't attempt to fish the spiders out with a cotton swab, as you may end up smashing them instead. Flushing them out with water if your best course of action.
  • Do not attempt to insert any implement, such as a tweezers, into your ear yourself.

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