Stethoscope Comparison Table

 

 

There are a number of stethoscopes designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing healthcare professionals. This chart displays the specifications of the four most popular stethoscopes. Further information about each stethoscope can be obtained by clicking on the "Learn More" button at the bottom of each stethoscope's description. To see the Frequently Asked Questions about using stethoscopes, click here.


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3M™ LITTMANN 3100/3200 

AUDIO OUTPUT

In-the-ear attached earpieces only

AMPLIFICATION

Up to 24x

VISUAL DISPLAY

Yes, with separate PC/Mac utilizing Bluetooth and included Zargis StethAssist software

COST

$399

EASE OF USE

Easy to use controls

PROS

  • Looks similar to a standard stethoscope
  • No extra accessories needed
  • Ideal for those with less severe hearing loss

CONS

  • Not compatible with cochlear implants
  • Heavier than most stethoscopes
  • Visual display is cumbersome

BATTERIES/POWER

Uses either one AA alkaline, lithium, or NIMH battery

WARRANTY

One year

 
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THINKLABS ONE

AUDIO OUTPUT

Audio jack* and Bluetooth

AMPLIFICATION

Up to 100x

VISUAL DISPLAY

Yes, with a separate Android or iPhone/iPod Touch

Android: TapeMachine App Lite (free)

Apple: Thinklabs Stethoscope App (free)

COST

$499

$99 for optional Bluetooth

Additional costs may be necessary for patch cord or headphones

EASE OF USE

More complicated controls for volume and frequency filters

PROS

  • Sleek and lightweight

  • Compatible with both hearing aids and cochlear implants

  • Visual display of volume level and filter settings

  • Both visual and acoustic output available

  • Can save files on the app

  • Can be cleaned with most hospital grade disinfectants

  • Advanced options in the app

CONS

  • More difficult to learn how to use
  • Does not look like a standard stethoscope
  • Fragile screen on bell
  • Steriplex wipes causes damage to the chrome body
  • Extra accessories are needed

BATTERIES/POWER

Rechargable via wall outlet plug

WARRANTY

Two years

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CARDIONICS E-SCOPE II

AUDIO OUTPUT

Model 1: In-the-ear attached earpieces

Model 2: Audio jack*

AMPLIFICATION

Up to 30x

VISUAL DISPLAY

None

COST

$370

EASE OF USE

Easy to use controls; switch between lung and heart filters

PROS

  • Looks similar to a standard stethoscope

  • Compatible with both hearing aids and cochlear implants

  • Belt clip to prevent damage

  • Can be cleaned with most hospital-grade disinfectants

CONS

  • No visual display
  • No visual display of volume level or filter setting
  • Extra accessories may be needed

BATTERIES/POWER

Uses one AAA battery

WARRANTY

One year

 
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EKO CORE

AUDIO OUTPUT

In-the-ear attached earpieces

Live playback on Android and iOS apps

AMPLIFICATION

Up to 40x

VISUAL DISPLAY

Yes, with a separate HIPAA-compliant app

Android: Eko Stethoscope app (free)

Apple: Eko Stethoscope App (free)

COST

$299

EASE OF USE

Easy to use controls; switch between analog and digital modes with the push of a button

PROS

  • Looks similar to a standard stethoscope

  • 7 levels of volume adjustment built in

  • No extra accessories needed

  • Option to stream from mobile device to hearing aids or over-ear headphones in real time

  • Can be cleaned with most hospital grade disinfectants

  • Wirelessly pairs with Eko iOS and Android apps

  • Only digital stethoscope to offer both analog and digital modes

  • HIPAA-compliant app enables secure recording, saving, annotation, and sharing of heart and lung sounds

  • All saved recordings accessible from Eko's secure web dashboard

CONS

  • No visible way to gauge volume setting
  • On-off switch can accidentally activate
  • Earpieces not necessary for those streaming to hearing aids or cochlear implant or using the visual app

BATTERIES/POWER

Rechargable via wall outlet plug

WARRANTY

One year


*For cochlear implant users, separate stethoscope mapping may be necessary