Otoscopes Print

A good view
ensures better hearing

Only since the 19th century has the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the ear, nose and throat area become simpler. The development of concave mirrors with holes in the centre enabled the illumination and inspection of the eardrum. The first otoscopes then followed for the examination of the outer ear canals and eardrum. Shortly before the end of the 19th century, ear medicine was united with its neighbouring disciplines to form ear, nose and throat medicine. This union took place on the one hand because of the common examination techniques, and on the other hand due to the realization of the close anatomical and functional connections with the upper respiratory tract.

Otoscopy enables the diagnosis of ailments such as inflammation of the outer ear, affection through foreign objects or parasites in the outer ear channels as well as ruptures or other changes in the eardrum. Otoscopes belong therefore not only in every ENT doctor’s office, but also among the equipment of every paediatrician, general practitioner and emergency doctor. Otoscopy is also essential for audiologists in order to be able to assess the structure of the outer ear and to fit the proper hearing aids.

Today’s otoscopes consist of a handle which contains a battery or an accumulator, an instrument head with standard illumination, F.O. or LED, a light source and an ear funnel.

KaWe has one of the largest product lines of otoscopes in the world (human/veterinary) and offers a large variety of accessories as well as a selection of otoscope colours. The magnifying glass optics with either 3 or 2.5 times magnification ensures an optimally focused image. All fibre optics (F.O.) models are equipped with xenon lamps, which produce particularly bright, white light. KaWe supplies high quality products at an unbeatable price.

LED-lights continue to be a triumphant success

The development of LED technology has paved the way for many new possibilities in the field of instrument engineering. Experts even say that there has been a paradigm shift from conventional lights to LED lights because LED technology has developed so astonishingly in the past few years. Most notably, the luminous flux was increased in relation to the power input. The advantages of LED technology over conventional illumination are a longer lifespan and a lower energy consumption of the light emitting diodes. Improvements in the resilience (resistance to impact and vibration) have also played a major role.

LED illuminants reach their maximum illumination intensity immediately. The light does not flicker, preventing the occurrence of the strobe effect. In addition, LED lights do not heat up the area that is being illuminated. This makes medical equipment even safer. The LED technology used in the 2.5V KaWe EUROLIGHT®, KaWe COMBILIGHT® and KaWe PICCOLIGHT® F.O. Otoscopes ensures superb lighting efficiency and excellent light transmission and makes highly-functional illumination possible at a low price.

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