How to remove a tiny shell from ear canal?
Okay, I know this is going to be weird, but my 4 year old daughter stuck a tiny shell in her ear canal about 3 weeks ago. Its probably 5mm in diameter, flat snail shell. It reminds me of a very small man hole cover. We've seen several doctors, including a specialist, and we're just waiting to see if it will come closer to the outside before having to put her under general anesthesia to remove it. So, my question is there any way to get it out without hurting her? I figured the scientific minds here might know some way to remove it. We've tried ear candles, flushing it with water, olive oil, ear drops, tweezers, even gluing a stick to it (yes really). So, we've tried a lot of stuff with no luck. I won't do anything harmful to my child and won't hold any one liable for suggestions. There just has to be a physics based answer to removing this thing that we're missing!