A medical assistant leans in to take a look inside of Susie Torres’ left ear, where she says she has water trapped inside. But nothing can prepare the assistant for what she sees when she takes a look. There’s not a drop of water – instead, what’s inside causes her to turn around and run out of the examination room.
Up until that moment, Torres’ symptoms seemed minor. She could hear sounds in her ear, popping and swishing noises similar to those you hear when water gets trapped there. The Kansas City, Missouri, resident assumed that a recent allergy shot had caused her to hear the whooshing – but she decided to see her doctor just in case.