Ear infections are pretty common in my household. However, we don't always like to for to the doctor for every slight irritation as the doctor usually won't do anything significant for us. Having our own otoscope will greatly help us with self-diagnosis of small problems and help us determine if we really do need to go to a doctor or not.
Me and the whole family tested this out on each other and checked all of our ears easily. The tips do not have disposible covers, so you need to clean them with an alcohol wipe between people to reduce spreading of bacteria. With a little bit of angling, I was able to see very clearly into the insides of my husband's and son's ears. It's grossly fascinating what you may find in there! From hairs to little flakes of earwax, it was quite interesting! I could even see some scarring in my husband's ear from a previous infection. I can't wait to try this out the next time one of us gets an infection to examine the inflammation and any other side effects.
If you'd like to get your own otocsope, you can get one here: