Dear CellScope… A Saved Visit to the PCP

AaronSolomon letter

Dear CellScope,

          I have had a clogged ear for the past two weeks. I used your iPhone otoscope and sent the image to you [through Seymour]. The doctor’s response was that it was not an ear infection but effusion, and that I should consult my physician. Ruling out otitis media and avoiding unnecessary antibiotics is as important as a positive finding. I went to an ENT today, and told him about my CellScope experience. I pulled out my iPhone and showed him the video. He said, “Well based on that image, I can clearly see that you have effusion.” He performed a myringotomy to drain the significant fluid behind my ear. Because I used CellScope, I avoided unnecessary antibiotics, avoided an extra office visit with my PCP who would have then referred me to an ENT, and was able to more quickly receive treatment.

           Keep up the good work.


A Case of the Mondays: Annie’s Oto Experience

Mondays are never fun. But imagine a Monday morning with a sick, crying daughter pulling at her ear and an important day at work. The epitome of stressful? We think yes.

Seymour user and mother of two, Annie Gullick, found herself in this predicament last week. She turned to her Oto for fast and reliable answers.


Annie, her husband, and their two daughters (Ellena on the left)

Annie’s daughter, Ellena, woke up last Monday morning at 6am complaining about pain in her right ear. Ellena has had ear infections in the past, and Annie was sure this was another onset. She knew the drill- trip to the doctor, scope the ear, antibiotic prescription, run to the pharmacy, and a day at home tending to her sick daughter. The problem this specific morning? Annie could not miss work.

Annie was able to scope Ellena’s ear and record a video. The Oto Eardrum Finder guided Annie directly to Ellena’s eardrum and ensured that she got a good view of everything. Annie submitted the exam to one of our on-call pediatricians, Dr. Rudnick, who was able to provide a response in under two hours. By 8am, Annie had seen Dr. Rudnick’s response and was at ease. Ellena luckily did not have an ear infection and would not require a visit to the doctor.

Annie saved herself a visit to the pediatrician, got to work on time, and reduced Monday morning stress. In her words, “everything was great!”