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How to Choose an Otoscope

Heine Otoscope & Opthalmoscope

With so many otoscopes to choose from, what’s the difference between a £25 model and one costing ten times as much, if not more? Does it matter what type of light bulb it uses? Should you get an otoscope that uses fibre optics?

To help you answer these questions, we’ve put together this short guide to help you think through selecting the otoscope that’s best suited to your needs and your budget.

Read right to the end, because our summary contains an often-overlooked factor that could make a massive difference to your choice.

Select the most convenient size

Otoscopes come in two different sizes – standard and pocket.

The smallest otoscopes are pen-sized, including a clip to hold them securely in your pocket. Lighter than the full-size models, their construction is normally not as robust, so they’ll probably have a shorter lifespan. Metal pocket clips will generally outlast plastic clips.

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