The Otoscope for Examination of the Auditory Canal & Eardrum
Otoscopes use light and a special design to examine the outer ear canal and eardrum without excessive use of other medical supplies (otoscopy). Otoscopes are not only useful in ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinics, but also often come into use by other healthcare professionals, such as general practitioners, when doing a general examination of the ear. A doctor or specialist could examine the ear canal for a variety of reasons. In many cases, excessive wax in the ear can be the cause of any minor symptom that the patient may be experiencing. However, a proper examination is always necessary in case there is suspicion of an ear infection or an ear disease, such as otitis externa or otitis media. Since earwax is not likely to be the cause of any major form of hearing loss, it is very important for the doctor to have the right tools at his or her disposal so that he or she can properly diagnose the patient.
The otoscope generally consists of an instrument head, a battery handle and an ear speculum, which is placed inside the ear canal during the examination. Most manufacturers offer otoscopy equipment that allows for the use of different instrument heads (e.g. ophthalmoscope or dermatoscope heads) with the same handle. One example is the Heine mini 3000 otoscope which comes with a battery handle that is also compatible with other diagnostic instruments from the same Heine mini series. Otoscopes are available with many different light sources which provide various colour temperatures, such as those with ultra-bright LED illumination (e.g. the LuxaScope Auris auriscope), XHL illumination or standard halogen lighting (e.g. Heine Beta 400). All of our diagnostic instruments have a minimum 1 year warranty and many even come with an up to 5 or 7 year warranty.
The Video Otoscope
In addition to the common diagnostic otoscope, there is also the video otoscope with which ear examinations can be recorded by a built-in camera and the video saved on the PC for later viewing. The Firefly LED video otoscope, for example, features digital and optical zoom and the video recorded by the camera is transferred to the computer via USB. Having the video on your computer makes it possible for exact comparisons to be made between multiple exams with the same patient. Furthermore, when using a video otoscope, the patient can even view the video otoscopy in real time, which encourages doctor-patient interaction. In our online shop, you can buy the Firefly as a standard digital video otoscope or as a wireless video otoscope with a USB receiver. The Firefly also comes standard with the FireflyPro software, 3 mm, 4 mm and 5 mm ear specula as well as a USB cable and a user manual.
The Pocket Otoscope
Although otoscopes are not particularly large instruments, the modern pocket otoscope is even smaller and can be comfortably carried around the office, thanks to it's compact design; fitting nicely into your coat or jacket pocket. This also allows you to carry out an ear examination outside of the treatment room. Praxisdienst supplies various pocket otoscopes, such as the Welch Allyn pocket otoscope, the KaWe Piccolight F.O. otoscope or the previously mentioned Heine mini 3000 otoscope.
Wide Range of Otoscopes from Renowned Manufacturers
With Praxisdienst, you will find a large selection of high-quality products from name brand suppliers like Heine, Riester, LuxaScope and Welch Allyn. We also provide individual instrument heads, as well as otoscope sets, consisting of an otoscope head, battery handle and a hard case. If you would like to be able to perform pneumatic otoscopy, then you will also find otoscopes with an insufflation port. View the other products in this category to find compatible accessories like disposable tips, replacement bulbs and more.
Are you having difficulty finding the right light bulb, insufflation bulb or have general questions about disposable specula or other products and equipment in our shop? Our customer support team will happily help you. Use our online request form, write us an email or give us a call. You should also check back for new equipment and accessories for use in various medical facilities.