Frequently asked questions:


What type batteries do Dr Mom Otoscopes use, and will re-chargable's also work?

come standard with 2 readily available and easily replaceable AAA batteries. Rechargeable AAA batteries can be purchased separately and also work well with our otoscopes.

Will disposable specula work with Dr Mom Otoscopes

Yes, most disposable specula brands found in the USA and Europe work well with our otoscopes. We also sell them on our website.

What is the difference between the LED Dr Mom Otoscope® and the Original Dr Mom Otoscope® that uses a krypton bulb?

The Dr Mom LED is the first otoscope to ever make use of a LED light source. The biggest advantage of an LED light source over all the other otoscopes on the market which use incandescent light sources is that the LED bulb contains no fragile filament that can be easily damaged and or burn out over time. The LED light source lasts essentially forever and will not be damaged by rough handling, dropping, or sudden movement. The LED light source is also brighter and consists of full spectrum light instead of the yellowish light found in all incandescent light sources.

What color is the light from the LED otoscope?

The LED emits a full spectrum light color. This appears as a white light with a slight bluish tint. Full spectrum light is the the same spectrum of light that is emitted by sunshine. Full spectrum light will give you the most true appearance of an object viewed under it. There is a very good explanation about the advantages of full spectrum light on the OTT-LITE® website at The OTT-LITE® was specifically developed for hobbyist who needed full spectrum light similar to sunshine to get the most accurate and truest color from the objects they were working with.

You will notice the difference in the color of the board that the lights above are shining down on. The true color if taken out in sunshine is what you see under the OTT light on the left and not that of the yellowish light produced by an incandescent bulb in the lamp on the right.


How does the brightness of the LED light compare to the halogen light in the larger professional type otoscopes?

Surprisingly our LED light source is actually brighter when measured with a photometer than the halogen light source on our Professional model otoscope yet burns cool and uses 1:20th the amount of power. If you darken a 24' by 24' room and stand at one end of it you can literally throw a bright beam of light onto the opposite wall through the specula tip of this otoscope.

Bottom line is that there will never be an issue with needing more light in an ear canal.

How long will the LED light last before it will need replacing?

If you left the LED light source turned on and running continuously it would burn for 25 years before it would need replacing. It would also maintain its same brightness during these 25 years of continuous use before it finally died and went black.

Will rough handling or dropping of the LED light cause it to burn out prematurely?

The LED light source does not contain a fragile filament as does all the  incandescent light sources found on all other otoscopes on the market today. We hold the patent and are the only company that offers an LED otoscope. One of the greatest advantages of having an LED light source is that the LED bulb is almost indestructible when it comes to dropping the otoscope or handling it roughly in any way. This is not the case with all other otoscopes on the market because they all use incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs contain a fragile filament that burns hot. These bulbs are easily damaged with any rough handling or sudden movements. These bulbs also need routine replacement over time similar to the bulb in your table lamp at home which is also an incandescent bulb. The bulbs are also very expensive to replace, costing over $30 for the most common and well known  brand of otoscope found in the US today.

What is the magnification of the otoscope lens?

Our otoscope lens uses between a 3x- 4x magnification. We use the same magnification and focal length as the standard Welch Allyn® otoscope. We actually used their lens as our prototype when developing our otoscope. We figured they have been around for over 100 years and are the leading manufacturer of otoscopes in the world today and would be our best guide to what the optimum magnification and focal length should be.

Is higher magnification always better?

Bigger is not always better when it comes to looking in the ear at the eardrum. The key to finding the proper magnification is to deliver enough magnification that you are able to get a clear picture of the eardrum as a whole yet at the same time magnify it enough to see the details that are important when doing your exam. If you over magnify you can see very clear details of a small area but you are unable to get a clear picture of the entire eardrum. Again, we allowed Welch Allyn® to decide what is the optimum magnification and focal length to use and then had our lens manufacturer use these same values when creating the Dr Mom Otoscope® lens.

Does the smaller viewing window of a pocket otoscope make it more difficult to see the eardrum than it would with the larger professional otoscopes that have a larger viewing window?

Even though the viewing window is smaller on our pocket otoscope than it is on larger professional models it does not limit what you see in the ear canal. The limiting factor on an otoscope is not the viewing window size but the diameter of the specula tip that is being inserted into the ear canal. Since the specula tip size is the same for our Dr Mom Otoscope® as it is for the professional models the view of the eardrum is exactly the same.

What is the size and weight of the Dr Mom Pocket otoscopes?

These are around 7 inches long and weigh 4oz with batteries. They are much lighter and easier to hold in your hand than the heavier professional models. This becomes especially important if you are using the otoscope to do an exam on an uncooperative child. They also fit nicely in a coat pocket and come standard with a pocket clip to make sure it stays in place when clipped in your pocket.

Is it difficult for parents to learn to do ear exams?

This is one of those questions that has two answers....yes and no. The key to doing ear exams is practice. It is important to begin doing otoscope exams on a willing adult as opposed to a child. The ear canals are larger and the eardrum is easier to see in an adult. The key is to look into as many adult ear canals as possible to get a feel for what normal eardrum looks like. When you visualize an eardrum that is red, has fluid behind it, or is simply abnormal you will quickly recognize this.

The old saying practice makes perfect could not apply more to any situation than it does to doing ear exams.

It is also always important to always go slow and never ever force or pry the otoscope in an ear canal in any way shape or form. Always look to see what is in front of you through the viewing window of the otoscope before advancing it into an ear canal. Never push the specula tip into the ear canal unless you have a clear view that there is nothing in front of you.

Realize that in some children and even adults it is impossible to see the eardrum. Some children and even adults have very small ear canals and/or also filled with earwax and debris which make it impossible to see the eardrum. Even as a physician it is impossible to see into some ears.

It is also advisable especially with pediatric exams to get the help of your local pediatrician. Many pediatricians today are very supportive of home ear exams and recognize the value of parents being able to monitor for the earliest signs of ear infection. Pediatricians also recognize the importance of the early recognition of earwax occlusions that can cause hearing loss. If not recognized early this hearing loss can go on to affect the speech development in young children.

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