Best Practices: Positioning the Oto

We frequently get asked, “What’s the best way to hold the Oto?” And the answer is that there are many different ways! Because every ear is unique our Pioneers clinicians have found that holding the iPhone and otoscope attachment  in different positions gives them the flexibility to take the best ear exam possible. Here are 5 different holding positions and a quick video that can guide you in learning how to take excellent ear exams. Let us know in the comments which position you prefer!

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1. Right Side Up

1.Right Side Up (vertical) Hold the iPhone vertically with Oto and tip at the top  of the iPhone. This is the most common holding position while taking an exam, allowing the user to grasp the phone in the palm of the hand, leaving the thumb free to start and stop the recording.

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2. Angled

2. Angled: Shoulder Dodger (45 Degrees) Rotate the iPhone 45 degrees towards or away from the top of the head to help avoid the shoulder. This is useful for exams on the littler ones whose shoulders are much closer to the ear.

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3. Sideways

3. Sideways (90 degrees) Pull back the ear and rotate the iPhone 90 degrees to a horizontal position. Hold the sides of the phone case between the thumb, middle finger and ring finger, leaving the pointer finger free to start and stop the recording.

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4. Upside Down

4. Upside Down  In this position, hold the iPhone vertically with Oto and tip at the bottom of the iPhone. Grasp the phone in the palm of your hand, leaving the thumb free to tap any buttons on the screen.

Dr. Mark Kelly, a Pioneer physician,  demonstrates in this quick video how he has mastered the Oto exam. His #1 takeaway: start recording outside the ear so you don’t have to tap on the screen during the exam.

How do you hold your Oto? We want to hear!

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