Ear buds are useful for removing wax from around the opening of the ear canal. Many people use them incorrectly by inserting them deep into the ear canal, pushing wax further in, resulting in impaction.
Impacted wax may need to syringed or suctioned to remove it, otherwise it can cause deafness and tinnitus. Sometimes drops can be used to soften and remove it. Warmed olive oil or proprietary drops from the chemist are recommended for use before suctioning. Hard impacted wax can't be suctioned. Syringing is rarely recommended any more due to the risk of permanent tinnitus.
Fitted molded ear plugs are ideal for sufferers of excessive wax because they are non-porous and wipe clean. This means they are less likely to cause ear infections. ZenPlugs are even antibacterial so check out their website to see if they are right for you. They are comfortable even if lying down on your side. This is because they don't protrude and they are excellent at preventing swimmer's ear and surfer's ear. They create a custom seal with your ear canal, effectively excluding water and ear infections.
They can be joined on a string to stop you losing them if one falls out. Select an unusual bright colour so you can find them if you drop them on the floor.