How to use an Endoscope

If you already have taken a video (or photo) and want to know how to upload it skip to the upload tutorial:

Video Tutorial

Step-by-step endoscope setup

  1. First plug the camera into your computer's USB port.
    1. The LED lights should turn on when plugged in.
  2. Open your camera software.
    1. For Windows users, open the program called "Camera"
  3. Toggle between cameras until "integrated webcam" becomes active.
  4. Orient endoscope.
    1. With the live video on the screen, make a mark on the “top” of the endoscope to aid with orientation and use.
      (A Sharpie® works great).
    2. This way you always know which way to hold the endoscope when using it in the ear canal.
  5. Correct the ear's alignment.
    1. To get the best alignment of the ear canal, pull the ear up and back.
  6. Watch the video as you approach the ear drum.
  7. Cleaning the lens.
    1. If you encounter ear wax, an alcohol wipe can be used to clean the camera lens.
  8. Saving a manual screenshot Double-click on the the video or open it in the "Movies & TV" program
  9. Next, scroll on the video to an image showing the ear drum.
  10. Click "Edit in Photos", and then "Save a photo from video"
  11. A new window will open in the “Photos” program. Click on “Save a photo”
  12. You are now ready to upload your photo and use the comparison tool

If you already have taken a video (or photo) and want to know how to upload it skip to the upload tutorial:

Video Tutorial

Step-by-step endoscope setup

  1. First plug the camera into your computer's USB port.
    1. The LED lights should turn on when plugged in.
  2. Open your camera software.
    1. For Mac users, open the program called "QuickTime"
  3. Under the “FILE” menu open a “New Movie Recording
  4. Make sure to select the endoscope from the list of camera options
  5. Guide the endoscope.
    1. With the live video on the screen, make a mark on the “top” of the endoscope to aid with orientation and use.
      (a Sharpie® works great).
    2. This way you always know which way to hold the endoscope when using it in the ear canal.
  6. Correct the ear's alignment.
    1. To get the best alignment of the ear canal, pull the ear up and back.
  7. Watch the video monitor as you approach the ear drum.
  8. Cleaning the lens.
    1. If you encounter ear wax, an alcohol wipe can be used to clean the camera lens.
  9. Select an appropriate image to upload
    1. Scroll through the QuickTime video to find a video frame that best shows the ear drum.
    2. Copy the image to the clipboard using the Edit menu in QuickTime.
  10. Save the image for future upload
    1. In a separate window open Apple Preview
    2. Using Preview save the image to your computer as an image file
  11. You are now ready to upload the image and use our comparison tool

If you already have taken a video (or photo) and want to know how to upload it skip to the upload tutorial:

Video Tutorial

Step-by-step endoscope setup

  1. First plug the camera into your computer's USB port.
    1. The LED lights should turn on when plugged in.
  2. Open your chrome browser.
  3. Install the Screencastify extension from the chrome web store.
    1. With the Chrome browser open, open the extension.
    2. Record a video using the endoscope (usually listed as integrated web cam).
  4. Orient endoscope.
    1. With the live video on the screen, make a mark on the “top” of the endoscope to aid with orientation and use. (A Sharpie® works great).
    2. This way you always know which way to hold the endoscope when using it in the ear canal.
  5. Correct the ear's alignment.
    1. To get the best alignment of the ear canal, pull the ear up and back.
    2.  
  6. Watch the video as you approach the ear drum.
    1.  
  7. Cleaning the lens.
    1. If you encounter ear wax, an alcohol wipe can be used to clean the camera lens.
  8. Download the file from screencastify
  9. Double-click on the the video or open it in the "Movies & TV" program
  10. Next, scroll on the video to an image showing the ear drum.
  11. Click "Edit in Photos", and then "Save a photo from video"
  12. A new window will open in the “Photos” program. Click on “Save a photo”
  13. You are now ready to upload your photo and use the comparison tool