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How Much Does an Otoscope Cost?

 
low costHand-held: $25-$105average costFiber optic: $120-$450high costVideo: $325-$1,250
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An otoscope[1] is a medical device that allows the user to see inside the ear. It provides an up-close view of the ear drum and ear canal, which can help diagnose ear infections and other ear problems.

Typical costs:

  • A hand-held otoscope can cost between $25 and $105. In most cases, insurance does not cover the cost. The Dr. Mom Otoscope[2] , which retails for $25 to $30, is a simple otoscope that magnifies the inner ear three times. There is little difference between this inexpensive otoscope and those that cost close to $100, such as the Mabis KaWe Piccolight F.O. Otoscope[3] , which costs between $100 and $105.
  • Fiber optic otoscopes are more costly because a fiber optic light allows for better viewing of the inner ear and ear drum. Fiber optic otoscopes cost between $120 and $450. The Heine Beta 200 Otoscope features fiber optic light and a swiveling viewing window. It costs about $215.
  • More expensive fiber optic otoscopes are hospital-grade and are typically not necessary for home use. An example of this type of otoscope is the Welch Allyn Macroview Otoscope[4] , which costs about $425.
  • Video otoscopes are available, but are not typically required for home use. These otoscopes, which cost between $325 and $1,250, have video technology so users can record the ear exam for later viewing.
Related articles: Ear Infection, Ear Wax Removal, Hearing Test, Stethoscope, Thermometer

What should be included:
  • An otoscope purchase should include the otoscope, packaging and product information. Most otoscopes include a few disposable or reusable tips. Some otoscopes will also come with a rechargeable battery.
Additional costs:
  • Most otoscopes require the use of a protective tip, also called a speculum, which covers the tip of the otoscope when it is inserted into the ear. These tips cost between $5 for 50 tips and $26 for 500. A new tip is required for every use, unless the tips are washable. It is important to purchase tips that are the right size. The specula should gently seal the ear canal, without being uncomfortable for the patient.
  • Some otoscopes require "AA" batteries for use. These will range in cost between $2.50 and $5 for a four-pack, depending on the brand. It is important to replace batteries as soon as the user notices the otoscope light dimming. The light must be bright so the ear canal and eardrum can be viewed easily.
Shopping for an otoscope:
  • Most otoscope purchases are made online, because most major retailers do not carry the medical device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration[5] offers advice for consumers purchasing medical devices online, including talking to a physician about any potential online purchases.
  • Less expensive otoscopes tend to work just as well as more expensive otoscopes, when it comes to typical home use. Ask a physician if he or she would recommend an otoscope with more features before purchasing a pricey device. A prescription is not required.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.drgreene.com/qa-articles/home-otoscopes/
  2.  www.drmomotoscope.com/
  3.  /shop.mabisdmi.com/e2wItemMain.aspx?parentID=IT00000111
  4.  www.welchallyn.com/apps/products/product.jsp?id=11-ac-100-0000000001150
  5.  www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ResourcesforYou/Consumers/BuyingMedicalDevicesandDiagnosticT...
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