I wasn't expecting much for $29 but I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm an Occupational Hearing Conservationist and I own a Hearing Conservation Services company. I bought this hoping it would be a tool we could effectively use to educate those that we test that have "problem audiograms" (i.e., significant changes in hearing compared to baseline, reported ear problems, etc.). I think it will work perfectly!
I tested the unit using a 15.6" laptop and plan to use it regularly on a 20" PC monitor. On the larger screen there was noticeable pixelation. It's definitely not HD level image quality but on the smaller screen of a phone or tablet I don't think the resolution would be an issue.
Scoping my own ears I noticed I had a little bit of wax so I switched from the speculum to the included curette (wax removal tool) and got it out. BE VERY CAREFUL USING THE CURETTE! The scope with curette is easily long enough that it can be inserted right through the ear drum and cause significant damage to the middle ear system. Also, removing wax with the curette can be uncomfortable due to a nerve in the ear canal that can cause a gag/cough reflex.
I also scoped my wife's ears. She's had years of problems with her ears due to eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) and almost always has a perforation in her right ear as a result of the significant negative pressure caused by the ETD. Last week she saw her otolaryngologist who said that he didn't see a perforation. When we got home she wanted me to look so I did (with my Heine mini 3000 otoscope that I keep at home) and I also didn't see a perforation. But when I used the video scope yesterday, voila, there it was! It was only viewable at an angle that felt extreme using my otoscope (pressing up firmly against the top of the ear canal to get as high a perspective as I could manage and viewing downward) but that felt very comfortable using the video scope.
For the money this is a fantastic little tool. It could be improved in areas here and there but it's still a great value and worth 5 stars.
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Sometimes the lighting isn't strong enough, but this camera worked well enough for me to see the horrors in my ear canals. The lighting appears to self-adjust for focus, even though it definitely can and will go brighter for a second.
I use Android (Galaxy S9+), downloaded the app, and it opens the app automatically for me when I plug the camera into my phone. Can't get easier than that.
Now I can use this camera for looking into places I can't see normally!
This product is great. My mom has hearing aids and had wax buildup. We needed to get them rechecked so I ordered this so I could make sure and get all the wax. Got everything easily. Was easy to hook up to my phone. Would recommend to everyone. Would be great to look in my grandkids ears also. Picture was great. Saw something black in her ear that looked huge, and it was only a speck, so you can see Everything.
It certainly helped to clear out my ears. It is amazing how much wax one can collect in your ear and how it affected my hearing, which I have trouble with without a ton of wax in there. The scope was easy to use, the software was a bit tedious to figure out. I found it easier to use on my laptop versus the cell phone or the tablet/ipad,.since connecting using the USB plug was much easier than having to buy a connector for the mobile devices.
This thing is awesome! I have never had so much fun! I have used it to check my ears, nose, and great for checking teeth and throat too! Beyond personal this is great for checking drains and getting up close views in my cars engine area, especially part numbers and such!