It turns out the worm is a parasite called the mermithid nematode worm, which are known to live inside arthropods and eat their muscle while taking over their nervous system. Look how long this thing is when it unravels.
When the doctors looked inside her ear, they were shocked to find ants. And not just one or two that had lost their way and ended up in what they thought was a cozy place to hang for a bit, but hundreds of them.
That same pest control specialist, however, goes on to say that, while it is a myth that earwigs will crawl into your ears, there are a number of bugs that can crawl into your ears, such as spiders, fruit flies, bed bugs, crickets, moths and ticks. And that there have been documented cases of these things happening.
Which is not reassuring in the slightest. Especially when you hear what happened next to the girl with ants in her ears.