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A Boy Heard a Buzzing Sound in His Ear. It Was a Tick on His Eardrum.

By Rachael Rettner, May 2nd, 2019

A 9-year-old boy who heard a buzzing sound in his ear turned out to have a tick attached to his eardrum. Above, an image of the tick inside the boy’s ear.

There are some sounds you hope you never hear. For example, the buzzing sound of a tick burrowing into your eardrum.

That’s what happened to a 9-year-old boy in Connecticut who was taken to the doctor because he said he felt like there was something in his right ear, according to a report of his case, published yesterday (May 1) in The New England Journal of Medicine. The boy had also reported hearing buzzing noises in his ear a few days earlier, but didn’t have any ear pain or trouble hearing.

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