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An ear thermometer is a special thermometer that is made to quickly and accurately measure the body temperature through the ear. Measuring with an ear thermometer is simple and painless. Many (family) doctors therefore choose to measure body temperature with an ear thermometer instead of other measuring instruments such as a forehead thermometer or fever thermometer. An ear thermometer is especially recommended when checking a child's temperature.
The most important thing when measuring with a digital ear thermometer is correctly aiming the sensor. This is because you have to direct it inwards. You put it in the ear and then point it slightly upwards. This will direct the infrared sensor towards the eardrum. The temperature of the eardrum is almost equal to the body temperature.
What is the best thermometerWe get questions about what is the best ear thermometer you can buy. After all, there is a wide range of different brands and types. Fortunately, many thermometers have been tested for accuracy in recent years. Various studies have shown that the thermometers from Braun very accurate. That in itself is not surprising. Braun specializes in the manufacture of high-quality thermometers. Many (family) doctors and hospitals therefore also use the thermometers of this brand. In particular, the ear thermometers from the ThermoScan series are known for their accuracy and ease of use. At the moment, the Braun ThermoScan 7 IRT 6520 is the best choice. The other types are also good thermometers. Every few years, new thermometers are released by this brand. These are often the best choice right away.
Proper use of a thermometer through your earsA good fever thermometer can accurately measure body temperature through the ear. However, you should take into account that a temperature measurement through the ear is always an indication. The thermometer must be used correctly to get a correct reading. The body temperature can be measured by the temperature of the eardrum. The temperature of the eardrum is fairly equal to the body temperature. The difference is only 0,22 degrees. A good thermometer corrects this small difference. In order to accurately measure body temperature, the fever thermometer at the ear must therefore be pointed inwards properly. You must ensure that the infrared sensor is properly aimed into the ear canal. You put it in the ear and then point it slightly upwards. This directs the infrared sensor towards the eardrum. Sometimes you need to give a little space in the ear canal by pulling lightly on the earlobe. The ear canal then becomes larger so that you can easily aim at the eardrum. If you aim lower or higher, the temperature will be lower. This can easily make a difference of five degrees. If you are going to measure the temperature with a digital ear thermometer, it is best to measure several times. For example, two or three times. Then take the highest temperature value from the measurements. You don't have to worry about going too deep with the thermometer and damaging the ear. The thermometer's sensor only retracts a short distance. The sensor is covered with a lens filter. A lens filter ensures that the thermometer does not get dirty. From a hygienic point of view, it is recommended to replace the lens filter after each measurement. If you have an ear infection or if you have a lot of ear wax, the measurement may be less accurate. This makes the ear canal less accessible to the sensor. In these cases it may be advisable to measure the temperature through the ear with a fever thermometer.
Compare the different thermometers with each otherYou can easily compare thermometers with each other. The operation of an ear thermometer is the same between the different brands and types. The main differences between the thermometers are:
- The brand
- The accuracy
- Suitable for babies and / or children
- Measure with or without lens filters (protective covers)
- Lifespan with full batteries