Thinklabs Medical, based in Centennial, Colorado, creates digital stethoscopes. According to founder Clive Smith, the company’s popular One digital stethoscope is considered to be the smallest, most powerful stethoscope in the world. Designed with patented electromagnetic diaphragm technology, which provides exceptional sound quality and more than 100 times the amplification of traditional stethoscopes, the One is well suited to clinicians with hearing loss. The One offers a range of solutions for hearing-impaired users, including many options for addressing different hearing aid styles.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been helping hearing-impaired healthcare providers continue to work productively,” said Smith. “Some have been young students, while others have been older, esteemed specialists in their field. When I designed the One to work with headphones, I was thinking of one particular cardiologist with hearing loss, for whom I’d previously adapted a stethoscope to use with headphones.”
Smith explains that the One stethoscope is so loud that even hearing-impaired clinicians may not need to use anything else to amplify heart, lung and other body sounds. He also points out that those who wear hearing aids usually don’t want the bother of removing them whenever they use their stethoscope. Therefore, Smith designed the One to work with hearing aids, headphones or a streamer.
“Hearing aids are not very good at reproducing bass and you won’t get the direct benefit of the huge power output of the One if it first has to go through hearing aids,” cautions Smith.
To ensure the best-quality sound, Smith suggests first making sure that your hearing aids are programmed for maximum bass. Some clinicians prefer to use One with headphones, which works especially well with open-fit hearing aids.
Smith advises that clinicians choose headphones with good bass response and comfort. He says using a stethoscope with headphones instead of the old-fashioned tube stethoscope is becoming more popular, which means that hearing-impaired care providers needn’t feel conspicuous. “Your patients will think you have the coolest stethoscope around,” says Smith.
The One can also be connected to a wireless transmitter (streamer) that is worn around the neck and has a wireless connection to a user’s hearing aids. Such streamers are offered by most hearing aid companies. Cables are included with the One for streamer connections. A Bluetooth transmitter can also be connected to transmit from the One to the streamer, but Smith recommends a direct cable connection for best sound and simplicity.
Smith points out that Thinklabs offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which gives hearing-impaired customers ample time to work with their audiologist and try the One in a clinical setting. If they aren’t completely satisfied, they can send the stethoscope back for a full refund. He notes that the return rate is less than one percent.
For hearing-impaired clinicians looking for more information about the One digital stethoscope, Thinklabs addresses many questions related to users with hearing loss on the Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids pages of its website, www.thinklabs.com.
I am a student and I found Littmann stethoscope useful for me because of its durability and comfortness, but I read the reviews first from here and then choose the best one for me.
Could be used by a persson with bilateral microtia?
Thank you for the great review. I found this page https://www.stethoscopesoundreview.com/stethoscope-for-hearing-impaired/ also recommending the littmann 3100. How does it compare to the Thinklabs one?
Being very sensitive to this problem, we have developed an Amplified Electronic Stethoscope that meets the requirements of doctors wearing hearing aids and cochlear implants.
We manufacture this stethoscope in Spain
It has a 3.5mm jack output, it comes with a BlueTooth adapter which connects to Hearing aids & cochlear implants that bring BlueTooth connection features and it is connectable via WiFi to mobile devices (Android and IOS)
This allows you:
– Recording and editing of auscultations
– Display the phono-cardiogram on your mobile phone or tablet
– Listen together with your patient or colleague
– Easily share auscultation
Our electronic stethoscope also allows you to auscultate without smartphone, you can:
– Increase the volume of the auscultation.
– You can apply sound filters to isolate sound from the heart and lungs.
– Easy exchange of Chest Pieces, in other words, with a single stethoscope you will be able to auscultate all the patients type (From anew baby born up to an adult patient).
It has the following certificates:
– ISO 9001: 2008
– ISO 13485: 2003
– EN ISO 13485: 2012
– Directive 93/42 / EEC on medical devices Class III, Annex II
All our tutorials on the use of our stethoscopes by clicking on the following links:
The product link:
If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact me via Our Contact Form
From where i can purchase wireless stethoscope which get connected to hearing aid machine and i want it in India
I am an Audiologist,
My client is an clinician,
she has hearing loss.
Want to use stetosope.
What are the options for her?
Bluetooth the sound wirelessly to a hearing aid.
Please advise…I am based in South Africa.
Is the product available here?
Are they available in South Africa
Is this product able to stream by pairing through the hearing aid/IPhone? I have ReSound Enzo. I would love to have my cake and icing too.
Hi can help you , am a employee of gn resound , you can share your number with me for any assistance
Great Article. suggestions . I was enlightened by the info ! Does someone know if my business might be able to get ahold of a sample CMS 1500 form to edit ?
I am an RN & recently lost my hearing, I am deaf with bilateral cochlear implants. Do you have a stethoscope for cochlear implant recipients who are medical professionals?
Where can it be bought?
You can order the One digital stethoscope directly from its maker, ThinkLabs, via this link: http://store.thinklabs.com/
Alternately, you can order it from Oaktree Products via this link: https://www.oaktreeproducts.com/thinklabs-one-digital-stethoscope-tl-one
The price on the ThinkLabs site is listed as $499 on sale, and there is a “Beats” package including extra, special headset for $799.
Can I use a wireless headset with retractable earbuds? I keep getting clotheslined with the regular headset or earbuds.
I would like to know the price for the stethoscope.
Tunable heads mean that you can assess both high and low frequency sounds by altering pressure. Once you practice with a tunable diaphragm, it’s actually a great feature as it allows you to rapidly get a full sonic picture of a location in space without having to futz with the stethoscope
This product is great and available directly through Oaktree Products to the audiologists. Using an amplified stethoscope requires hearing instrument wearers to work intimately with their audiologist or hearing instrument specialist as it will require special programming as well as access to other options as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. For specific considerations, check out the amplified stethoscope section of my audiology blog at http://www.aubankaitis.com (link is http://aubankaitis.com/?cat=8) or contact customer service at Oaktree Products for more information.
I’m hearing impaired and a general practitioner. I’m in South Africa
Could you give me a quote on this stethoscope
The Hearing Review editorial staff has forwarded your inquiry to Thinklabs Medical, and we also encourage you to follow up with the company directly via email at: [email protected]
How about worldwide distribution?
Great question! You might contact Thinklabs Medical directly to find out about worldwide distribution. The email address is: [email protected] [http://www.thinklabs.com/#!contact/czpl].
Excellent work Clive. This is a huge advance for hearing impaired clinicians!