If you go to the hospital to check your ears, the doctor will use a special instrument called an otoscope to check your ears. The function of the otoscope is simple, allowing the doctor to magnify the small range of the ear while also providing the light needed to look inside the ear. Although the doctor’s otoscope is only a tool, the use of this instrument requires you to know, at least, the use and function of some basic instructions.
PS: People’s ears are very sensitive, which is very important. Everyone should take care of their ears and not be able to check it rudely or damage it.
How to check the ear with an otoscope?
- Two hands are needed for the examination, one hand holds the ear and the other hand controls the otoscope. Remember, the ear canal is not straight, so you need to be very careful.
- Gentle and patient. The ear is a very sensitive organ that can easily be harmed if not properly examined. Avoid pulling, pushing or generally rough inspections.
When you meet a good doctor, he will confirm with you that the pressure is acceptable.
- Check the outer ear. Do not use the otoscope to see if your outer ear is red, discharge or swollen. Gently ask your ears if you have any pain. The swimmer’s ears are often painful, swollen, red, and discharge, and can be observed before using the otoscope.
- Properly handle the otoscope. Open the light of the otoscope, support the hand holding the otoscope on the person’s face, stabilize the hand action protection bar to ensure that the doctor will not hurt you due to handshake, or your sudden movement will hurt your ear.
- The ear canal is straightened. The doctor will gently dial the outer ear with one hand and straighten your ear canal to make it easier for the doctor to check your ears.
- Insert the otoscope slowly into the ear canal, then slowly insert the tip into the ear canal. Avoid putting too much pressure on the otoscope, which can hit the inner wall and cause discomfort to the patient.
Because people of different ages have different moral abilities, the earscopes used are not the same, and the size of the speculum is:
Adult: 4 – 6 mm
Children: 3 to 4 mm
Baby: as small as 2 mm
- Return the otoscope to the starting position. Check and clean the instrument after each use.
Ears can vary in size, shape and color. However, healthy ears have the same general characteristics.
The ear canal should have a fine skin tone. It may have some yellowish brown or reddish brown earwax, which is normal. There should be no swelling. The tympanic membrane should be white or gray in pearl and translucent.
The size and complexity of the otoscope are different and the cost is different. Buying an otoscope can cost between $10.00 and $15,000. The otoscope for the average person is safe from $30.00 to $70.00. Any good otoscope should allow the average person to check the outer ear, the ear canal and the eardrum are receiving the correct basic instructions.