When it comes to otoscopes, the market seems to be divided between pricey models aimed at medical professionals and super affordable options aimed at a parent that just wants to see what their toddler might have jammed in his ear. This model, the RV Bock’s Otoscope set, bridges both worlds—good quality for medical students and/or nurses to use in a doctor’s office, but affordable enough for the average parent. Here’s an overview:
What We Liked
• Variable light intensity. You can adjust how bright the light is, which helpful to see details in the ear canal.
• Decent magnification. While not as fancy as expensive otoscopes that cost many times more, it is good enough to do the job.
• Coated lens resists scratches.
• Includes both reusable speculas and an adapter for disposable ones.
• Travel case is among the nicest we found in our otoscope research.
What Needs Work
• C batteries make it heavy.
• Ear checks work well; for the eyes, not so much. This instrument is best for ears, not so much as an ophthalmoscope (which checks the eyes).