Footage shows a TWIG being pulled out of a three-year-old boy’s ear

Stomach-churning footage shows a TWIG being pulled out of a three-year-old boy’s ear

  • The toddler’s mother contacted Audiologist Neel Raithatha, from Leicester
  • He performed an E-suction which gentle sucks the object or wax from the ear
  • The twig was no more than five millimetres and could have punctured a hole

Stomach-churning footage has captured the moment a twig is pulled out a three-year-old boy’s ear.

The unidentified youngster’s mother rushed him to a specialist clinic after he had pushed a ‘branch’ into his ear.

A piece of twig measuring just five millimetres was removed by Neel Raithatha, an audiologist and YouTube sensation.

He has extracted an assortment of items from people’s ears in the past, but this is the first time he has encountered a twig. 

A twig measuring five millimetres was removed from a three-year-old boy’s ear

Discussing the case, Mr Raithatha said: ‘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.’ 

Mr Raithatha, known as the Wax Whisperer, was contacted by the distressed mother. It is not clear if the boy was in pain.

Once in The Hear Clinic, Oadby, Leicester, Mr Raithatha performed an examination to see where the twig had got lost.

Deep in the ear canal, he found the twig nestled at the root. It is believed the twig was pushed down there by the toddler.

Keeping the patient’s head very still, Mr Raithatha was able to use an ear suction to pull it out in less than minute. 

He used an endoscope, an instrument that can look inside the body and is usually attached to a video monitor so the doctor can see what’s in the ear canal. 

 Mr Raithatha said it’s the first time he has removed a twig from an ear

At the same time, a tiny instrument with gentle suction is able to attach to the object that is obstructing the passage and pull it out.

It is also used to remove build-up of earwax, which Mr Raithatha often films for his 144,000 subscribers on YouTube, reaching millions of views.

It’s not the first time Mr Raithatha has revealed footage of un-blocking ears with strange items, including earrings and pen caps.

Such items, including twigs, can puncture the eardrum, causing sudden ear pain, sometimes bleeding from the ear, hearing loss, or noise in the ear. 

It normally heals on its own but may need surgery, and is the reason health officials urge against using cotton buds.

Mr Raithatha 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. 

‘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.’

In December 2018, footage from Mr Raithatha showed the moment huge chunks of wax and a plastic clothes tag were pulled out of a patient’s ear.  

And in January, Mr Raithatha removed the most dangerous object in his career –  the tooth of a comb. 


Earwax usually falls out on its own but, in some cases, it can become blocked.

It cannot be prevented as the wax is there to protect ears from water, dirt germs, infection and foreign bodies. 

You are more likely to suffer buildup if: 

  • You naturally produce more wax
  • You have hairy or narrow ear canals
  • You are elderly because wax hardens with age
  • You wear a hearing aid, headphones or earbuds as these push wax in further

Symptoms include earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, an ear infection and tinnitus.

You can try using over-the-counter wax softening drops or warm water to irrigate your ears.

If this doesn’t work, seek professional medical help in case of infection.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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