Update. Neither of the Cardionics stethoscopes are available any more. You may find one second-hand. I’ve come across a couple of new stethoscopes, Ekuore and Eko CORE. I’m sorry I haven’t had time to review these yet.
* Not supplied with the stethoscope unless indicated
|Can be used with:||Acoustic stethoscope||Littmann 3100 & 3200||Thinklabs (One and ds32a+)||Cardionics Vi-Scope||Cardionics E-Scope|
|*Adapted earpieces or custom ear moulds||YES||YES||Moulds possibly. Adapted eartips NO||YES||YES|
|*Headphones||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES (hearing impaired model)|
|*Telecoil DAI or FM/Bluetooth systems||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|*Visual display||NO||NO||YES iPhone/iPod||YES integral||NO|
|*Electronic record||NO||YES -3200||YES||YES||Maybe (needs software?)|
|*Teaching 2 headsets||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|Comments||Thinklabs supplies cable||Concerns about quality of link with headphones and accessories. Cardionics also supply headphones.|
Cardionics are no longer supplying this but some may still be available.
|Unavailable routinely in UK but I have heard some people have been able to buy from overseas suppliers. Cardionics can supply headphones silhouettes and cables|
The Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss has a useful stethoscope comparison table which includes the Eko CORE.
- Have you read the essential safety information: “limitations of hearing aids and implants?”
- Consider funding
- Arrange a trial period
- And see how your audiogram matches up to heart and lung sounds to find out whether you need amplification or not.
- If the spring in other stethoscope arms is so strong you find it uncomfortable, try the Thinklabs ds32a+ which has adjustable arms. I haven’t handled one myself yet so do let me know if you try this and how you get on. Thanks.
- Don’t forget, hearing aids don’t usually reproduce the low frequencies well. So if you’re using earpieces, custom moulds or headphones over hearing aids you also need vents in your ear moulds or open fitting.
- Certain electronic stethoscopes can link to hearing aids using accessories such as the T switch, direct audio input (DAI) cables or even FM or Bluetooth if your hearing aids have these facilities. However it is better to use earpieces or headphones if possible to avoid the problem of poor low frequency reproduction.