For some reason, I have the dry, flaky kind of earwax that Asians usually have. I'm a pasty white guy of European extract, so it must be some genetic anomaly.
Anyway, bless the wonderful Japanese for their mimikaki tools. Invaluable. (I also worship their cars, razor blades, food, and turntable cartridges.)
I irrigate my ears daily in the shower and follow that with Q-Tips. Flakes will still rattle around in there, so I use the mimikaki tools to get them out. Works great, no plugs, and I can still hear up to 20kHz at 39.
YMMV, of course.
Edited by Uncle Erik - 8/4/11 at 1:48am