By Chanel Livesey
This video shows the delicate removal of a twig from a three-year-old boy’s ear.
Consultant audiologist Neel Raithatha – known as the Wax Whisperer – was contacted by a mother who rushed her toddler to The Hear Clinic in Oadby with a trapped twig in the ear.
On examination the twig had nestled at the root of the ear canal after the boy had pushed a branch down his right ear.
Keeping the patient’s head very still, the wax whisperer was able to execute endoscopic ear suction (E-suction) in less than minute.
The fascinating footage sees the suction probe successfully grab the twig and retreat from the ear.
Neel said: “Fortunately, there was no trauma or injury caused by the twig, which had a sharp pointed tip, to either the young boy’s ear canal or eardrum.
“The twig measured 0.5 cm and was very close to the eardrum.
“It was the first time I have removed a twig out of someone’s ear and therefore I was quite shocked.
“The mother of the child was very relieved and grateful that I managed to safely extract the twig from her son’s ear.
“I have previously removed a tooth comb, pen cap, earbud, earring, 22 hearing aid wax filters, plastic clothes tag, unidentified plastic object as well as several cotton buds from the ear canal.”