Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer

Behind Ear Thermometer: HOW-TO VIDEO
Behind Ear Thermometer: HOW-TO VIDEO

Southborough MA, USA — The new Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer provides a quick temperature reading from behind a child’s ear, close to the carotid artery, which is the “ideal external site to measure temperature”.

According to the BehindEar Website (

In fact, this method of temperature-taking is clinically proven to be accurate based upon professional standards.

Parents will also be happy to know this innovative thermometer is as easy as it is accurate.

Simply place in the hollow behind your child’s ear with a gentle touch, press the start button, and release after you hear the 1-second “beep.”


  • Clinical Accuracy – Based upon professional standards.
  • Fast results – No need to wait to see if your child has a fever; get a reading in just one second.
  • No-fuss measurement – Requires just a touch.
  • Fever InSight – Color-coded screen display makes it easy to understand the meaning of each temperature.
  • Memory system – Tracks and saves the last 8 measurements.
  • Easy-to-read – Designed with a large LCD display.
  • Built to last – Backed by a lifetime warranty under normal use.

The Vicks V980 Behind Ear Thermometer is available at the following retailers:, Babies R Us,, Hannaford, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart,

The following information was extracted from the “Owners Manual” from the “” website (A Network Site): in slightly modified format (no words or numbers were added or removed).

How does Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer Work?

The Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer is a hand-held, battery powered device designed to measure human body temperature with a special sensor that accurately and gently detects heat flow through the skin directly behind the ear lobe using the heat conduction effect and prediction techniques. The thermometer calculates heat flow through the skin and by use of a mathematical algorithm estimates the internal body temperature. The temperature reading range of the thermometer is from 95.9 °F to 107.6 °F (35.5 °C to 42 °C) and the reading time is about 1 second.

Why Measure Behind the Ear?

The skin area behind the earlobe is over the posterior auricular artery which is a branch of the carotid artery. The carotid artery carries blood to the brain and therefore this site is the best external place to measure temperature.

Body Temperature

Normal body temperature is not a single number it’s a range. Many people incorrectly believe that 98.6 °F (37 °C) is the only normal temperature. Yet, it’s just an average number. Each person has their own normal range which fluctuates throughout the day. It is, therefore, important to determine your normal temperature range. A person’s normal (healthy) temperature range tends to decrease with age.

The following table shows that this normal range also varies by the measurement site. Therefore, readings from different sites should not be directly compared.

Normal temperature ranges by site:

Axillary1: 94.5 °F to 99.1 °F (34.7 °C to 37.3 °C)
Oral1:  95.9 °F to 99.5 °F  (35.5 °C  to 37.5 °C)
Rectal1: 97.9 °F to 100.4 °F (36.6 °C to 38.0 °C)
Ear2:  96.4 °F to 100.4 °F (35.8 °C to 38.0 °C)
Behind Ear: 95.0 °F to 99.7 °F (35.0 °C to 37.6 °C)

1. Chamberlain, J.M., Terndrup, T.E., New Light on Ear Thermometer Readings, Contemporary Pediatrics, March 1994.
2. Chamberlain, J.M., et al., Determination of Normal Ear Temperature with an Infrared Emission Detection Thermometer, Annals of Emergency Medicine, January 1995.

VICKS, the shield device, the steam device, and other related trademarks are owned by The Procter & Gamble Company. Manufactured by Kaz USA, Inc. under license from The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH USA. Fever InSight?? is a registered trademark of Kaz, Inc.

For over 80 years Kaz has been developing and marketing high-quality branded consumer health care devices and home comfort appliances. Today, Kaz is a $500 million company selling market-leading products in over 65 countries under world-class brand names such as Vicks, Braun, and Honeywell. Kaz’s innovative products span a broad range of categories, including Humidifiers, Vaporizers, Thermometers, Blood Pressure Monitors, Air Purifiers, Fans, Air Circulators, Portable Heaters, Heating Pads, and Insect Control products. In 2011, Kaz became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Helen of Troy Company, and continues to be run from its global headquarters in Southborough, Massachusetts, and its regional headquarters around the world.

Kaz USA, Inc.
2011 250 Turnpike Rd.
Southborough, MA 01772 USA

Tel: 1-800-477-0457

4 comments on “Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer

  1. I would be surprised if it didn’t, but my questions are: How do you know, and how well do you know for certain?

    Checking a device’s measurement uncertainty, even its calibration uncertainty, to within +/- 0.1 or 0.2 Deg C. is not an easy task and one that is very difficult to do without some specialized and traceably calibrated equipment and a testing person with a lot more than a modicum of experience.

    What are your your qualifications?

    What equipment did you use?

  2. I own a Vicks behind the ear thermometer, and I was wondering why it would fluctate so much. I would take my temperature 1 second and get 98.8 and take it again the next second and get 103.7.

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