I’ve been suffering with my right ear recently, which has been blocked. I ought to write out a hundred times “I must stop using cotton buds in the ear canal!”. I’ve turned instead, for the last week or so, to dropping in warm olive oil to soften the wax and let it dribble out. It is improving but, if another day or so doesn’t do it, I think it will be back to the doctor to get them syringed.
Last time I had this was the summer of 2014 so, once I get past this, something I will have to keep an ear out for and act with due care and attention to try and stave off.