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Otoscope Care and Maintenance

Your otoscope can provide you with many years of dependable service if it is maintained properly. Cleaning and storage are critical to ensuring that your device will continue to work reliably.

To ensure you get the most out of your otoscope, we recommend the following:

  • To clean the exterior of the device, prepare a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution and soak a lint-free cloth. Wipe down the exterior of the head and handle, cleaning all external surface areas. Take care to prevent excess liquid from seeping into the components.
  • Isopropyl alcohol may be substituted with commonly used EPA-registered hospital disinfectant wipes for cleaning purposes. Refer to the directions provided by the manufacturer of the wipes for appropriate instructions for use to ensure effective contact time between the wipe and the device.
  • Solution residue on the magnifying lenses may decrease visibility. All excess cleaning fluids must be carefully wiped clean when cleaning these surfaces. Instrument head lenses may be cleaned with a lint-free cloth or lens paper.
  • Your otoscope cannot be sterilized and should not be submerged in liquids or subjected to steam sterilization or other sterilization methods.
  • Disposable specula should not be cleaned or disinfected in any way. Disposable specula are single patient use only and must be discarded after use. Do not use if they appear to be visibly contaminated or have accidentally come into contact with contaminated materials prior to use.
  • If storing your otoscope for an extended period of time, remove the batteries from the battery handle. Storing the instrument in the supplied case will prevent contamination by dust and debris and provide you with an unobstructed view during examinations.