Both as a doctor and as a parent, you will find that an otoscope can be an immensely useful tool. It is obvious why doctors will need one, but the fact is that children tend to put all types of things in their ears and noses. Of course, you should take your child to a doctor for any such situation, but still, an otoscope is a fairly affordable tool to have next to your thermometer, that you can use to check exactly what is up there so that you will know how much time you have and how fast you should react. So the way we approached our search for the best otoscope of 2014, was to look at the products on the market from a doctor’s perspective and from that of a parent. Consequently, you will find that some of these products can be an excellent choice for either a physician or for a parent, and sometimes, for both. We have started with a table highlighting each product’s most relevant features, but make sure to scroll past the table to the in depth review we have created for each product.
|WELCH ALLYN 2.5V/3.5V Halogen Diagnostic Otoscope||5.0 / 5||$$||Click Here!|
|Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Kit||4.3 / 5||$$$||Click Here!|
|ADC Otoscope||4.3 / 5||$||Click Here!|
|4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope||4.5 / 5||$||Click Here!|
|Pro Physician Otoscope Ophthalmoscope Diagnostic Set||3.8 / 5||$$||Click Here!|
1. WELCH ALLYN 2.5V/3.5V Halogen Diagnostic Otoscope
The reason why we decided to start with the Welch Allyn halogen diagnostic otoscope is because it is one of those crossover models that can be useful for both doctors and parents. It is more expensive than the models we would only recommend to non-doctors, but it does have one feature that we absolutely love and that was not even available to most doctors 20 years ago: a halogen light. The key advantage of an otoscope is that it allows you to peer in where you normally cannot see. So the more light you can bring in, the better and easier you will see. It is for that reason, and because it is not really that expensive, that we think parents will appreciate this otoscope. The reason why doctors may not like it, despite its halogen light with different intensity settings, is that it does not have an universal fittings system so you will have to get pretty inventive if you need to fit the head on a RA Bock Diagnostic Base. It still does a pretty good job as a standalone system and it is quite affordable, and that is why it may make a good choice for a doctor too.
2. Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Kit
Both in terms of performance and price the Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope is by definition a doctor’s choice. As a layman you would be throwing away your money buying this otoscope because you simply cannot take advantage of its capabilities. However, for a doctor, the Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope is the perfect choice because it uses the latest technologies and it comes at a reasonable price given those technologies. It uses halogen fiber optic lighting, which is a much better choice than regular halogen bulbs because it can actually direct the light to where you need to see. That allows the Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope to use a 2.5 V light source which means the batteries will last a lot longer, and still you will be able to see better due to the fiber optic technology. What makes it an even more perfect choice for doctors is that it comes in its own black plastic container that will allow you to store and carry it anywhere you go in perfect safety, and it will look very awesome for your patients.
3. ADC Otoscope
If you are in your 40s or over, and have ever needed to have your ears checked as a child, the ADC Otoscope, 2.5V is probably the magical tool you remember from your childhood. It is great because it was designed to be used by doctors and it has a very sturdy construction and it is perfectly anatomically designed. The only problem we have with it is that it has simply been outdone by more modern technologies and the fact that it does not have a halogen light means it is not as good as some of the other otoscopes we have talked about. Still, it is a classic and it has been an excellent tool for decades so we decided to consider it as one of the best otoscope choices of 2014.
4. 4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope
We want to say that the 4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope is a product designed more for parents than for doctors, but its biggest advantage is that it is so small. That means if you are a doctor, and you need to visit most of your parents – for various reasons, like distance or their specific illnesses – you are really going to love the 4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope. It does not have any fancy lighting system, and it is so inexpensive that you can actually afford to damage it in transport or to forget it at a patient’s house. As a parent, you do not want to have an extra big medical cabinet and you do not want to spend too much money on things you are only going to use once or twice in your life, so for certain people and certain situations we thing that the 4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope can be an excellent choice. And let’s not forget that it has won a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from over 200 customers.
5. Pro Physician Otoscope Ophthalmoscope Diagnostic Set
Our last option for the best otoscope of 2014 award is the Pro Physician Otoscope simply because it is the perfect marriage between price and functionality. It does not have a halogen light but it does have an LED bulb which means you can forget about ever changing batteries. And the great thing is that you can change to the ophthalmoscope head and check your patient’s corneas at the same time. So for the money you get 2 different tools instead of one.