You put 2 or 3 drops of ordinary olive oil down the ear 2 or 3 times a day for 3 weeks. This softens the wax so that it then runs out of its own accord. It does not harm the ear. You can continue for any length of time, but 3 weeks is usually enough. Surprisingly, you will not necessarily see wax come out. It often seems to come out unnoticed. If, after 3 weeks or more, you are still deaf from wax, you will need to make an appointment with a doctor to decide what should be done. If you have a build up of wax repeatedly, you can keep it free by putting olive oil down twice a week. Wax normally comes out of the ear with the skin of the ear canal which grows from deep inside and moves to the outside over about 2 weeks. Or you can use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, or mineral oil, or glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal twice a day for several days. This will soften the wax. After a day or two when the wax is softened, use a 3-ounce rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear back to straighten your ear canal. When finished irrigating, tip your head to the side to let the water drain out. Repeat until the extra wax falls out. When finished, dry your outer ear with a towel or a hand-held hair dryer. Dry your inner ear by applying one full eyedropper of rubbing alcohol, then tipping your head to the side to drain the alcohol. You may need to repeat this wax-softening and irrigation procedure several times before the excess earwax falls out. However, the softening agents may only loosen the outer layers of the wax. If your symptoms don’t improve after several treatments, see your doctor.