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Friday, March 25, 2016

SPECv3 Fiber Optic LED Otoscope Review

SPECv3 Fiber Optic LED Otoscope Review
Have you ever thought about having an otoscope at home? If you're not familiar with an otoscope, it is the device a doctor uses to look into your ears and throat sometimes. It has a light in the front that makes it bright for the doctor to see, and a magnifying lens on the other end so they can really see what is going on. It is a helpful tool for the doctor to have and a professional grade device runs about $300.

Amazon now sells a home version of the device for just $90. Since our son frequents the otolaryngologist (ear doctor) regularly, too regularly if I had to say, I thought it would be a great idea to have one in the home. It allows us to check his ears between visits and to actually see what is going on in there, if you know what to look for. As you watch more regularly, you learn what to look for, or can at least tell when something is different, especially when your child tells you something is wrong. Love it also for checking back of throat for irritations. Spots are a bad thing. You can use the light part to check on yourself but not really the magnifying end. When using the tool with a child, they seem to understand the tool more and treat the situation more seriously/calmly vs. when checking the situation without one. You might think the opposite but I think they understand why you need to take the tool out more than when you just try to check without one.
The tool weighs in at 4.1 ounces with the 2 AA batteries (not included). That is very lightweight and easy to use without being weighted down. It comes in a plastic case that almost makes it feel like a toy. The case functions fine to protect the otoscope, but I would have liked to have seen it made in a heavier grade of plastic. You get four reusable tips. I wouldn't mind having more but there aren't more bodies in the house so you just have to sanitize them between usages. We might try out the otoscope with the dog the next time he has an ear infection.

While I picked up the SPECv3 at a discount for the review, it is well worth the full price, especially if it can save you a visit to the doctor's office. In fact, if you have an HSA, the purchase should be reimbursable through it, though check with the plan administrator before purchasing to confirm.

With all the first aid equipment we've been able to pickup for the home, it is great to be able to check things like blood pressure, oxygen levels, and now ears with this. Great addition to the home first aid kit.

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  1. I need that otoscope my wife has a bad ear & I could look & see if there is puss in it.

  2. I would like to thank you for your continued useful reviews especially this great otoscope. I look forward to following your blog in the future.

  3. With five grandchildren running around here this would be great to have here. The price isn't too bad either.