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Music consumer: Emergency surgery for man who swallowed an ear bud in his sleep

Hard to imagine, but the music lover really did swallow an ear bud in his sleep. Photo: Facebook
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An American man is warning people against using headphones while falling asleep after health care workers had to perform an emergency operation to remove a wireless ear bud from his oesophagus.

Brad Gauthier, from Worcester, near Boston in Massachusetts, said he only discovered that he had swallowed the listening device when he realised it was missing the next day.

Mr Gauthier detailed his bizarre experience in a Facebook post.

He said he went to bed on Monday night listening to music, which is a common practice around the world for millions of people looking to relax at the end of a busy day.

It’s hard to spot the wandering ear bud in this Xray, but doctors knew where to look. Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe/Twitter

He woke up on Tuesday, shovelled snow in the driveway of his house for about an hour, and then went inside to take a sip of water.

But the liquid would not go down, and he had to lean over to drain it from his throat.

Mr Gauthier then noticed he was missing one of his two wireless earbuds.

His son suggested that Mr Gauthier had swallowed the earbud, which was later confirmed by an X-ray at a local emergency clinic.

The small plastic device was lodged in his lower oesophagus, part of the alimentary canal that connects the throat to the stomach

Mr Gauthier said he never experienced more than minor discomfort while the ear bud was inside his body.

But he told a local news station in Boston that he wanted to share his experience to caution others to remove the tiny headphones before going to bed.