STETHOSCOPE COMPARISON TABLE

(Only most recent models shown)
Last updated 6/1/2017

Company & Model 3m™ Littmann 3100/3200
Electronic Stethoscope
Cardionics E-scope II Thinklabs One Eko Core Electronic Stethoscope
Current Design Picture1 Picture2 Picture4 Picture4
Picture3
Audio Output
  • In-the-ear attached earpieces only
  • Model 1: in-the-ear attached earpieces
  • Model 2: audio jack
  • For cochlear implant users, separate stethoscope mapping may be necessary
  • Via audio jack and Bluetooth
  • For cochlear implant users, separate stethoscope mapping may be necessary
  • In-the-ear attached earpieces
  • Live-playback from Android & iOS Mobile App
Amplification
(Compared to standard stethoscope)
Up to 24x Up to 30x Up to 100x Up to 40x
Visual display YES, with separate PC/Mac utilizing
Bluetooth and included Zargis
StethAssist software
NO YES, with a separate Android or iPhone/iPod Touch

  • Android: TapeMachine App Lite (free)
  • Apple: Thinklabs Stethoscope App (free)
YES, with a separate HIPAA-compliant Apple (iPhone/iPad/iPod) or Android App

  • Apple: Eko Stethoscope App (free)
  • Android: Eko Stethoscope App (free)
Cost
  • $399
  • $370
  • Additional costs may be necessary for patch cord or headphones
  • $499
  • $99 for optional Bluetooth
  • Additional costs may be necessary for patch cord or headphones.
  • App is currently free
  • $299 for complete stethoscope
  • App is currently free
Ease of Use Easy to use controls Easy to use controls, switch between lung & heart filters More complicated controls for volume and frequency filters Easy to use controls, switch between analog and digital modes with the push of a button.
Pros
  • Looks similar to a standard stethoscope
  • No extra accessories needed
  • Ideal audience includes those with less severe hearing losses
  • Can be cleaned with most hospital grade disinfectants
  • 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
  • Compatible with both hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Sleek and lightweight
  • Visual display of volume level and filter settings
  • Both visual and acoustic output available
  • Can save files on the visual app
  • Can be cleaned with most hospital grade disinfectants
  • Advanced options in ThinkLabs Stethoscope app
  • Looks similar to a standard stethoscope
  • 7 levels of volume adjustment built into device.
  • No extra accessories needed for amplification.
  • 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 & lung sounds
  • All saved recordings accessible from Eko’s secure Web Dashboard.
Cons
  • Not compatible with cochlear implants
  • Heavy
  • Visual display is cumbersome
  • No visual display option
  • No visual display of volume level or filter setting
  • Extra accessories may be needed
  • 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
  • Extra accessories are needed
  • No visible way to gauge volume setting
  • On-off switch can accidentally turn on if pressed against something
  • Earpieces not necessary for those streaming to hearing aids or cochlear implants or using visual app (company plans on releasing a modified device in near future)
Batteries/ Power Uses either one AA alkaline,
lithium or NIMH battery
Uses one AAA battery Rechargeable via wall outlet plug Rechargeable via wall outlet plug
Warranty One year One year Two years One year
Resources littmann.com cardionics.com thinklabs.com

Info page for Deaf/HOH users:
thinklabs.com/#!hearing-aids/c142s
ekodevices.com