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Wispr University

Welcome to Wispr University! Here you can expect to find unique insights and educational content about the ear exam including anatomy, pathologies, treatment and techniques as well as an insider look at the Wispr Digital Otoscope and the unique ways that the Wispr can be utilized in your practice. At Wispr University, our goal is to be a place of learning that helps to advance the ear exam in the practice of medicine. Be sure to stop by often, we will be providing frequent (and interesting) updates. We’ll see you around campus!

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Acute Otitis Media (AOM) – a spectrum of images from normal to AOM

June 25, 2021
Acute Otitis Media (AOM) – a spectrum of images from normal to AOM A challenging problem during an ear exam is differentiating between a 1) normal ear, 2) a “red ear,” 3) middle ear effusion (MEE) and 4) acute otitis media (AOM). There are two aspects to this challenge. The first is obtaining a diagnostic…Read more about Acute Otitis Media (AOM) – a spectrum of images from normal to AOM
Dr. James G. Berbee WiscMed Founder & CEO

2021 Best Digital Otoscopes Review

June 1, 2021
The promise of a digital otoscope is more reliable access to the tympanic membrane, improved patient comfort, medical documentation and sharing of the image with the patient, learners, parents, and colleagues. There are many choices available for digital otoscopes. In this article, we compare five popular digital otoscopes - WiscMed Wispr Digital Otoscope, Jedmed Horus+ HD Video Otoscope, Welch Allyn Digital MacroView, Firefly DE500 Video Otoscope, and the Teslong Digital Otoscope. Read more about 2021 Best Digital Otoscopes Review
Wispr Digital Otoscope by WiscMed showing ear exam image of Acute Otitis Media AOM by Dr. Daniel Ostrovsky

Seeing is Believing Part 2 – Acute Otitis Media

March 1, 2021
Acute Otitis Media Clinicians should diagnose acute otitis media (AOM) in children who present with moderate to severe bulging of the tympanic membrane (TM) or new onset of otorrhea not due to acute otitis externa. Clinicians should diagnose AOM in children who present with mild bulging of the TM and recent (less than 48 hours)…Read more about Seeing is Believing Part 2 – Acute Otitis Media
Dr. Gregory S. Rebella WiscMed Co-Founder

Seeing is Believing Part 1 – Challenges to Improving Diagnostic Accuracy

January 25, 2021
Challenges to Improving Diagnostic Accuracy – Part 1 Read more about Seeing is Believing Part 1 – Challenges to Improving Diagnostic Accuracy
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Digital Camera Location

December 30, 2020
There are a number of choices available for digital otoscopes. We have previously reviewed 5 digital otoscopes here . While the basic components of each of these devices are the same – a digital camera, a light source and a display – how these components are implemented makes a vast difference in the clinical effectiveness…Read more about Digital Camera Location
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More than Acute Otitis Media!

December 5, 2020
In this article we discuss how an accurate ear exam made a critical difference in the care of a pediatric patient. This 20 month old male was misdiagnosed with bilateral ear infections during the COVID-19 pandemic. His actual diagnosis was far more worrisome. A 20-month-old male presented to the emergency department with a fever and…Read more about More than Acute Otitis Media!
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Wispr Digital Otoscope Exam Tips

December 2, 2020
This video provides tips for a successful ear exam using the Wispr digital otoscope How to perform a digital otoscope exam Make sure the camera is clean. Test the camera by pointing it at text on paper. The text should be sharp and readable. Make sure the speculum is firmly attached. The speculum should not…Read more about Wispr Digital Otoscope Exam Tips
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Valsalva Maneuver – Ear Popping

November 22, 2020
What causes your ears to “pop” when an airplane descends? Your ears “pop” when pressure on both sides of the eardrum is suddenly equalized. The eardrum (tympanic membrane) translates sound waves into motion which is communicated by a chain of bones to the inner ear. Middle ear bones – Malleus, Incus, Stapes For the eardrum to move…Read more about Valsalva Maneuver – Ear Popping
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Pneumatic Otoscopy

November 17, 2020
This article explains the WiscMed team’s thoughts on pneumatic otoscopy in primary care and why we choose not to implement this capability in the Wispr. The purpose of pneumatic otoscopy is to determine the mobility of the tympanic membrane (eardrum). Evaluating mobility may be useful when considering diagnoses of acute otitis media (AOM), otitis media…Read more about Pneumatic Otoscopy
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Watch a demo of the Wispr in action

October 16, 2020
We used our creativity to be able to share an actual demonstration of the Wispr Digital Otoscope. Since seeing really is believing when describing the benefits of the Wispr you really do need to see the Wispr in action. Here are two of the ways to learn more about the Wispr virtually in the comfort…Read more about Watch a demo of the Wispr in action