The smartphone enabled otoscope (SEO) provides an opportunity for telemedicine and enhancing teaching of otoscopy. We describe our preliminary experience with the use of one such inexpensive device bought from an online store. It is a simple and feasible procedure which patients can perform on themselves (or guardians on their wards) after minimal training. The resolution of the image is adequate for follow up through teleconsultation. It is also a good teaching tool as it enables the sharing of views.