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Ear Picking


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Forget luxurious shampoos, relaxing shaves, and facial treatments at spas. These beauty treatments don’t come close to the Vietnamese art of ear picking:

“It brings a lot of happiness,” said Silicon Valley resident Nguyen Tuong Tam, who always heads to a hot toc upon arriving in this city, also known as Saigon. He likens a good ear picking to good sex. Indeed, fans of ear picking gleefully talk about “ear-gasms.”

There is a spot near the ear drum that, when touched the right way, “tingles,” said 26-year-old ear picker Nguyen Thi Le Hang. “For one person, it may just be a tickle. For another person, it’s a mind-blowing experience.”

In fact, the ear has a G-spot, said Dr. Todd Dray, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Santa Clara. “The skin in your ear is super thin — it’s paper thin,” he said. “It’s very sensitive. And there are a lot of nerves that converge in the ear.”

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