If you do have excessive wax build-up, here are some do’s and don’ts for cleaning the ears:
Do contact a primary care doctor if your ear feels plugged up, it hurts, or you can’t hear. “It’s important not to assume the problem is ear wax unless you’ve been to the doctor before for this issue,”
Do try over-the-counter wax softener or baby oil at home, if you know you have a tendency towards wax buildup.
Don’t use cotton swabs inside the ears.
Don’t use hydrogen peroxide. If the problem isn’t ear wax impaction (but something more serious like a hole in the eardrum or fluid behind the ear drum), you could cause further damage.
Don’t use ear candles. Studies show they do not work and can cause injury. “These are not effective and they are dangerous,”
Don’t bother with contraptions for consumer use that claim to “vacuum” wax and dust from the ears. They don’t work,