But it turns out that there's no wax in that ear and the problem is actually that I have a rather nasty ear infection. So that was a surprise, especially since it doesn't hurt and last time I had an ear infection I couldn't sleep without ibuprofen.
I've been prescribed ear drops and oral antibiotics, so hopefully it will feel better soon. I'm a bit upset that the antibiotics come in gelatin capsules, but there's not really anything I can do about that now. I wonder if there's some kind of vegetarian repentance dance I can do afterwards, maybe sacrifice a lentil or something.