So disagreeable is the odor of the natural ear-wax, and so sticky is it to insect's feet and the bodies of grubs or worms, that they very seldom find their way into any one's ear; even when sleeping on open ground or in the woods. Once in a great while such a thing may happen. To get an insect out, let the person lie on the other side, and let some one pour in, slowly, cold water. Alarm may then cause it to back out; if not before long the water will drown it. Then the larger part, or the whole (if it be not too soft) may be got out with a pair of ear-picks, or with a hair-pin bent into a scoop at its round end, or a piece of wire bent at one end into a small loop or ring. Particles still left can be washed out with warm water injected from a small syringe.
Children sometimes put peas into their own or one another's ears. Then, water should not be poured in; it would make the pea swell up and give more trouble. Careful use of an ear pick or bent wire (as above), with a strong light thrown upon the ear-passage, will generally succeed in getting the pea out. A large hand-magnifier, such as is often used to look at engravings, etc., will help in this effort. If a shot has been put into the ear, pour in a tea-spodnfui of olive or almond oil, and then let the child be turned rather suddenly over, so as to cause the shot to roll or slide out.