If ear wax is not causing you any problems, it is best left alone. The ear is self cleaning and often the wax will come out without you needing to do anything.
Sometimes ear wax can build up enough to cause hearing loss and other problems. Wax build up is more likely to happen to people who naturally have narrow ear canals, people who work in dusty environments, those who need to use ear plugs to protect their hearing at work, and hearing aid users.
The first step in treating problematic ear wax is to soften the wax to see if it comes out by itself.
DO NOT try to remove with a cotton bud or any other object as this can damage your ear and push the wax further down the ear onto the ear drum, making the problem worse.
Using cotton buds, matchsticks or other items to try to clean out the ear canals is one of the most common causes of impacted wax. Using cotton buds or other objects can also damage the ear canal, and can even cause perforation of the ear drum.
DO use olive oil ear drops once a day for seven days in order to soften wax.
To use ear drops:
DO NOT insert cotton wool or tissue paper into your ears as this can absorb the oil, leaving the wax dry and hard.