Found this tool for removing the MCXX plug from earphones. You position to tool and squeeze it wedges the plug out of the jack, no danger of pulling on the cable.
Some companies include tools like this with their IEMs. Final Audio does, I think. Nifty.
+1 to Shure. Never had a single issue with their connectors.
Alternatively, maybe it’s due my small fingers?
It will be interesting to see, if, and how well this tool will work on the Etymōtic earphones not much to grab onto with them.