Ear cleaning is something we tend to overlook, as it's a day-in day-out sort of activity that we don't give much thought to. That is, some of us. I have become nearly obsessed with ear cleaning, and I don't care what Dr. Oz says on Oprah, but there is always a better way to do it that exceeds the standards of the same old q-tip routine.
Tingatinga is a children's hygiene brand that carries baby ear-buds which have compacted cotton. These are much safer than the regular kind, because it takes much less effort to remove wax, and doesn't encourage you to push it deeper into the ear canal. At $8.50 a bundle, they are affordable for not only baby, but you!
One of my newer finds has been the Japanese ear pick. You must be very careful while using something of this nature, because you have to be able to trust yourself not to go into overdrive with the wax-removal process. However, when it is removed, you feel as though you have made great progress and can hear much better. At only $1.50 for some models, you're in for a great buy! The down feather duster on the end of some can be used to brush off any extra wax, while others feature icons such as hello kitty and different good luck charms. You can also find this style in metal, although for some reason the wooden sort feel a lot less "doctor's office" to me.
My very favorite, time-proven method of removal is ear candling. For generations, men and women all over the globe have used wax candles (they can be purchased at most health food stores) as their removal tool of choice. The process is simple, but you definitely need a helper to ensure that you don't burn yourself. One friend needs to hold the candle in your ear at an angle, while burning the end. The warmth and heat from the flame will literally draw the wax from your ear and into the candle. This method is the most successful in increased hearing, and it has grown so popular in my home that we have actually gotten together as a family to do this!
I know, wax removal isn't always the mark of good conversation--but you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes when you look into the many options that are before you!