Dr. Kohan was interviewed for US News and World Report on a unique case about noise in a child’s’ ear.
“After extraction of the tick, the patient had no signs or symptoms suggestive of systemic illness,” Kasle and Waldman reported. The boy’s hearing was unharmed and his eardrum has since healed. Two doctors well-acquainted with the inner ear said it’s not uncommon to have unwanted visitors creep in.
It’s “a frequent occurrence,” said Dr. Darius Kohan, who directs otology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “We have often removed roaches, flies, all sort of bugs, including ticks, attached to the canal or eardrum.” This occurs more often in children than adults, Kohan said. “We believe the wax in the ear attracts the bugs and they get stuck behind hairs into the wax, or — like in this case — penetrate the skin or eardrum,” he said.
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