Doctors in Taiwan have discovered a maggot living in the ear of a 48-year-old woman. They believe the fruit fly larvae may have found its way into her ear via her hearing aid.
Dr. Shi Cheng-pien explained: "Sometimes when we put fruits and vegetables on our dining table, it's possible that after the larvae have incubated for a while that they might crawl around and then look for some new food and new environment.
"They could have climbed into the hearing aid. So this woman put the hearing aid into her ear, carrying the larvae with it. As a result, this hearing aid became a carrier to bring the larvae into her ear."
The unusual discovery and treatment were documented in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.