Also referred to as an auriscope, otoscopes are used during physical examination to view the outer and middle ear. This device allows for diagnostic viewing as well as minor procedural activities such as cerumen removal. A versatile device, otoscopes are handheld units that can be used for a variety of ear, nose, and throat diagnosis and treatments.


The anatomy of an otoscope consists of a handle and a lighted head. The handle typically contains a battery or cord to a power source, while the head contains a light source and magnifying lens. Often fitted with disposable specula, the probe on the head of an otoscope is seated in the ear canal to allow viewing of the ear canal, and tympanic membrane. Many otoscopes come with removable viewing windows to allow for procedures such as cerumen removal and testing the responsiveness of the tympanic membrane.


Nearly all components of otoscopes are replaceable including batteries, light sources, and disposable specula, handles, and heads. Most medical providers will find it convenient to have a supply of adult and pediatric disposable specula as well as a replacement light bulb. These items are commonly available and are relatively inexpensive.


Otoscopes are commonly included in the toolkit of most medical service providers as a standard piece of diagnostic equipment. Due to the versatility and low cost of these items, most physicians will acquire their first set as students.


For more information or to order otoscopes, replacement parts, or specula, feel free to shop online or call a friendly representative today at 1-888-687-4334.

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