QtipGrandma used to say that nothing goes in your ears except your elbow and she was right! While there may be multiple methods tried, the first rule of thumb is that nothing should go in your ears except your elbow!  But, if ear wax is a problem you may: 1)  Put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear and let it sit there for a minute or two. Then, 2) rinse your ear with some warm water.  That’s all you need to do. My 9 year old patient should have listened to Grandma!  He came in to my office today, because he was walking around the house a few days ago with a Q-tips in each ear.  Unfortunately, he bumped into the wall and one of the Q-tips ruptured his ear drum. We just have to wait to see if the eardrum will heal.  Most holes in the eardrum close up within a month without intervention.