Welcome to FirstAid4Free

Welcome to my first aid site. I'm a first aid trainer and assessor. I've been teaching first aid for about 10 years now. Everyone should have some first aid knowledge for in the home and work place. Not everyone has the chance to attend a full first aid course so I'll provide some key first aid points every week.

Important Notice

The information on this site is for guidance only. The first aid procedures are those in the current edition of the First Aid Manual at the time of inclusion on the site. Attendance on a first aid course to practice these procedures is always recommended.

Foreign Object in the Ear

If a foreign object becomes trapped in the ear it can cause temporary deafness by obstructing the ear canal. If the object goes deep into the ear it may damage the ear drum. Young children in particular like to experiment by pushing objects in their mouth, nose and ears. Sometimes insects can fly or crawl into the ear and cause alarm.

Pain in the ear.
Sensation of ear being blocked.

Prevent injury to the ear.
In the case of a live insert: remove insect from ear.
Other obstructions: do not attempt to remove the object.
To get the casualty to hospital if you're unable to remove the object.

In the case of a live insect: Tilt the casualty's head to one side with the obstructed ear uppermost. Try and 'float' the insect out of the ear by gently flooding with luke warm water.
In the case of other obstructions: Pad over the ear and seek medical attention. Don't attempt to remove and object stuck in the ear.