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May 1969

A Simple Otoscopic "Siegle's Speculum" Facility

Author Affiliations

Stony Brook, NY
From the State University of New York, Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(5):785. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020787022

ONE OF the most important steps in a routine examination of the ear is to see and check upon the mobility of the intact tympanic membrane. A normal movement of the "drum" under varying air pressures signifies a clear middle ear and a patent eustachian tube.

The accepted use of a Siegle's speculum with its rubber pressure tubing and bulb is a clumsy approach to this investigation.

Most practitioners possess an otoscope equipped with an airtight magnifying glass cover and a nipple to accept the necessary tubing.

The Figure depicts a simple accessory to the conventional otoscope which permits the practitioner to make this vital inspection of tympanic membrane mobility.

The advantages are:

  1. The replacement of the bulky bulb and pressure tubing with a cheap hematology mouthpiece and a suitable length of latex rubber tubing operated from the mouth.

  2. The mouthpiece and tubing will easily fit into the

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