An object in the ear may cause itching or pain. If it is an insect, scratching sounds can be quite loud, especially if the bug is burrowing deeper into the ear canal. Objects that are pushing against the eardrum can cause severe pain. In more serious cases, bleeding or a milky discharge indicates an infection. A parent may notice a young child pull at his or her ear, or push a finger inside the ear canal to try and relieve the itching.
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