SmartCheck® from Children’s TYLENOL® is a personal otoscope (ear
scope) and app that turns your smartphone into an otoscope. The free* app will
help guide you in how to correctly attach the device, position your child,
take a recording of their eardrum, and send it to a healthcare provider. The
SmartCheck® device works in the same way as the otoscope your healthcare
provider uses. The in-app prompts and patented guidance feature will help you
capture a recording of your child’s eardrum.
Follow the in-app guidance to learn how to safely set up and use your SmartCheck® device. Setup is simple and may take about 5 minutes.
Install the battery
Use a #000 Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the side screw. It will not come all the way out. Tilt the battery door toward the button to release the screw. Remove the battery door and insert the included alkaline AAA battery.
Attach and align the device
How-to videos and in-app instructions will help you correctly align the device with your smartphone’s main camera and securely attach the device to your phone.
Practice taking a recording
You’ll need a second person to complete the setup practice video. To get more comfortable using the device, you may want to practice recording an eardrum on another adult, an older child, or even your younger child when they’re feeling healthy.
Take a recording
In the app, open your child's profile, tap the TAKE A RECORDING button, and follow the in-app prompts to take a clear recording of your child’s eardrum, assisted by our patented guidance feature.
Review your recordings
Review your recordings to ensure they capture the entire eardrum. A healthcare provider needs a clear view of the eardrum to assist in their diagnosis. The app includes an example eardrum recording to help you learn what to capture in your recording.
Share with a healthcare provider
Receive expert care 24/7 from the comfort of your home. Share your recordings with your healthcare provider or a telemedicine provider to assist them in providing a remote diagnosis.
It helps to slightly tighten the attachment knob so the device stays in place but can still be moved to correctly align it.
Once you’ve aligned the device and can see a full circle, pinch the phone and device together by placing your thumb on the alignment feature and your other fingers on the body of the device (near the specula tip). This will help hold it in place while you tighten the attachment knob with your other hand.
Download the SmartCheck® app to your phone. The free* app is available for Apple® devices. You’ll be asked to create a secure account so you can save and review your recordings.
Watch the tutorials. These videos will show you how to correctly attach the device to your phone and capture a recording of your child’s eardrum. The first time you use the app, the tutorials will guide you through the entire process. You can also find them in the app or on our website.
Follow the app’s step-by-step instructions to take a recording. The app will guide you every step of the way as you use SmartCheck® to locate the eardrum and save your recording.
Be sure to read the Instructions for Use that come with the device for more information on how to use it.
*App is free to download; data and message rates may apply.
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Ask your healthcare provider for an email address or phone number to which
you can send your recordings. Find out if there are file size limitations.
Within your child’s profile in the SmartCheck® app, choose the recordings
you’d like to send. Below the recordings, you’ll see sharing options.
Tap the SHARE WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER icon.
On the next screen, select SHARE VIDEOS. This will open your phone’s
To share your recordings via text message, select the Messages option.
If you’ll be sharing via email, select the Mail option. Any notes
associated with your recordings will also be sent when sharing via email.
Note: When sharing your recordings with a healthcare provider, the name and
birthdate you enter for each profile will also be added to the file. This
allows your healthcare provider to know whose eardrum recording they’re
It’s important to note that when you share your eardrum recordings via email,
text, or telemedicine app, they are no longer subject to the SmartCheck®
practices of the email or text service used to transmit the recordings. You
to transmit the recordings. For more information concerning SmartCheck®,
Please note data and message rates may apply when sharing recordings.
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