Cotton Buds and Ears Don't Mix!
As a cotton buds diameter is large relative to the diameter of the ear canal, you will not be able to place it beyond the wax without pushing at least 50% of it deeper. You may see a reward in some wax coming off on the cotton bud but you will invariably have created a much worse and looming problem for yourself. Let nature take it's course and migrate out naturally. If you have issues however ACE Audiology can assist.
I regularly check my patients canals for ear wax. Some individuals, who wear hearing aids, and are prolific manufacturers of earwax, do need to go onto a regular program. This ensures the can hear optimally and there is less risk of earwax damaging their hearing instruments.
If you have issues with earwax I would be delighted to assist. Simply call 03 9850 8888 to book a consultation.