Licensed family physician here I agree with Elephant Ear product, however the direct stream of water against the tympanic membrane (TM) can set off a temporary vertigo sensation which can last a few minutes. I would recommend the product called Tridal Wave, which utilizes a different ear tip to shoot the water in 3 different directions against the walls of the external auditory canal (EAC) none of them against the membrane. The tip is a little large to prevent going too far in and perforating the TM. Equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and warm water will do the trick, though you can use just warm water too. Also, my son hates this thing. Honestly, TM perforation is a risk with q-tips, but the the far more common risk is that you might end up pushing the wax farther in, making it more dense and impacted against the TM.