My four kids all have impacted ear wax. My DH and I do not. We use Q tips only once in a great while and don't push wax into the ear, only use to remove excess by the edge of the opening. Our pediatrician said that each of them had so much that she couldn't see the ear drum. She tried spraying out the earwax in the office and gave up after a while. She prescribed ear drops to soften the wax. I tried at home myself and dislodged huge amounts in our older two kids' ears. She said that they were then really clean. I got some out of my DD 3's ears, but the MD said she is still 70% plugged. Our 20 month old DD has full impacted earwax and the MD can't see her eardrum at all. I bought over the counter sprayer to clean the ear, ear drops, and a bulb syringe. Has anyone else had to deal with this? I'm thinking if it's this bad, it's bound to keep reoccuring. Only one of my brothers had to deal with this issue.