Metaphorical miniature badgers that curl up inside your ear canal, their furry coats preventing you from hearing properly. They act as a kind of reverse Babelfish and will sometimes completely mistranslate what you are meant to have heard.
Person A: "Do you want to go for a sandwich?" Person B (with ear badgers): "What? Do I want to get sunburnt?!"
by BatDyke July 10, 2008