STETHOSCOPE COMPARISON TABLE

(Only most recent models shown)
Last updated 5/1/2016

Company & Model 3m™ Littmann 3100/3200
Electronic Stethoscope
Cardionics E-scope II Thinklabs One
Current Design Picture1 Picture2 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
Amplification
(Compared to standard stethoscope)
Up to 24x Up to 30x Up to 100x
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)
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
Ease of Use Easy to use controls Easy to use controls, switch between lung & heart filters More complicated controls for volume and frequency filters
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
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
Batteries/ Power Uses either one AA alkaline,
lithium or NIMH battery
Uses one AAA battery Rechargeable via wall outlet plug
Warranty One year One year Two years
Resources http://www.littmann.com/wps/portal
/3M/en_US/3M-Littmann/stethoscope/
http://www.cardionics.com/ http://www.thinklabs.com/
Info page for Deaf/HOH users: http://www.thinklabs.com/#!hearing-aids/c142s