A man who endured 33 years of chronic earache and partial deafness had cause for celebration Monday – after a nurse removed a tooth from his ear canal.
Stephen Hirst, 47, had suffered infections in his right ear since he was a teenager, along with pain and deafness due to a disintegrated eardrum.
But a nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield got to the root of the problem, removing the tooth while simultaneously returning Mr Hirst’s hearing and swiftly ending his pain.
Mr Hirst, a former miner, told the Sheffield Star:
She didn’t say anything at first. Then she asked me: ‘Have you lost any teeth lately?’ I said I’d not had any teeth in my head for years. Once I also fell and broke my two front teeth, or maybe I pushed it in when I was a kid or something. I am intrigued as to how it got there.