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Checking Ears with An Otoscope

by Barbara 28. December 2007 06:59

Q: "Is the red Piccolite Professional Otoscope Earscope a good product to check for ear infections in a 2 year old? Will we be able to see the ear drums clearly? Are the ear tips different sizes depending upon which one we buy?"

Answer: All the piccolite otoscopes have the same sized of specula. Each otoscope has 20 disposable specula, ten of the 2.5mm and ten of the 4.0mm. The specula can be reused if you wipe them off with alcohol. These units have a halogen light which is very bright and a 3X pivoting magnifying lens. There are no instructions included as this is a professional type model.

We sell a book called the "Ears Book" with photographs and information about ears, ear infections and how to do an examination at home. Unless a medical professional trains you, this book is needed. Also wax in the ear canals can block your view of the ear drum. Use a cleaner from the pharmacy or have a physician remove the wax.

Or you can buy an economical home otoscope made by Notoco. One customer from Muscatine, Iowa who recently bought earscope bulbs from us shared that her unit was 10 years old. She tried looking with the doctor's halogen unit and saw more with the less bright bulb of her Notoco. The Earscope 1202 comes in a set with the "Ears Book" and three reusable specula or choose the professional unit, the 1205 with the book and get another specula. Both Notoco earscopes magnify the image 2.5 times. Please remember that the replacement bulbs we sell are tested to shine a straight beam.

Another health product you should consider is the Earcheck, a device that uses sound waves bounced off the eardrum to indicate whether middle ear fluid is present.

I hope this helps and your child has little need for any of these devices.

Sincerely, Barbara

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