Electronic stethoscope?

  1. I have had instances lately where I wasn't able to hear heart sounds. Both pts were rather large. I wonder if any of you use electronic steths and like them that much better than regular ones? Any recommendations? I'm using a Master Cardio now. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I bought the LIttman Electron 4000 (about $300) and love it. Its only drawback is that if the battery runs out, you can't use it manually. However, I have had mine about a year and love it - use it a lot daily and have only changed batteries about 3 times. It has a volume control too to help distinguish sounds.
  4. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I bought the LIttman Electron 4000 (about $300) and love it. Its only drawback is that if the battery runs out, you can't use it manually. However, I have had mine about a year and love it - use it a lot daily and have only changed batteries about 3 times. It has a volume control too to help distinguish sounds.
    TraumaRus

    If you don't mind me asking, where did you find the Littman 4000 for around $300? I have been looking at it and the 3000 on several sites, but the best price I have found so far is around $450 for the 4000.


    Thanks
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Hey guys, I'm sorry, it is the 3000 that I have. I should have looked prior to posting - sorry for the confusion. I purchased it at a medical supply place in my town last March 2006. I have been very happy with it.
  6. by   stillpressingon
    not to sound stupid but I'll take the risk: what the heck's an "electronic" scope?
  7. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from stillpressingon
    not to sound stupid but I'll take the risk: what the heck's an "electronic" scope?
    An electronic stethoscope uses the basics of regular stethoscope and then amplifies the sound. Most electronic stethoscopes also have a sound buffering system that helps reduce background noises. For example the littman electronic 3000 & 4000 are advertised to amplify the sound of the normal stethoscope by as much as 18x.

    Here is a sound clip from littman comparing a normal stethoscope to their electronic one http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...pe/model-3000/
  8. by   burn out
    I know this sounds stupid but I have seriously thought about using this. When my daughter was pregnant she bought this doppler like gizmo from target for $20 so she could listen to the baby's heart beat. Well I put it to my chest and was so surprised how much better I could hear heart tones and breath sounds than with a stethoscope..I am tempted to use it at work (now that the baby is here..a little girl Gracie) but I am afraid people will laugh at me.
  9. by   nurseklw72
    I'm a hearing impaired nurse. I've had a few different electronic scopes. The first one I got was a Phillips. It had 18x amplification and I really liked it a lot. Then it shorted out and it would have cost a lot more to fix it than to just buy a new one. The second scope I got was another Phillips. It didn't last long, the hard plastic ear pieces broke off. I now have a Littmann 2000 I think? I've had it for about 2 1/2 years. It's starting to short out. I've ordered a Littmann 4000 and still waiting for it to come in. I like the Littmann brand much better. Unfortunately, electronic stethoscopes aren't built to take the beating of working in a hospital. In 7 years, I've bought 4. It's expensive, but without them, I can't do my job correctly. Most of the physicians and other nurses who try my stethoscope out are impressed by the sounds they can hear.
  10. by   morte
    Quote from nurseklw72
    I'm a hearing impaired nurse. I've had a few different electronic scopes. The first one I got was a Phillips. It had 18x amplification and I really liked it a lot. Then it shorted out and it would have cost a lot more to fix it than to just buy a new one. The second scope I got was another Phillips. It didn't last long, the hard plastic ear pieces broke off. I now have a Littmann 2000 I think? I've had it for about 2 1/2 years. It's starting to short out. I've ordered a Littmann 4000 and still waiting for it to come in. I like the Littmann brand much better. Unfortunately, electronic stethoscopes aren't built to take the beating of working in a hospital. In 7 years, I've bought 4. It's expensive, but without them, I can't do my job correctly. Most of the physicians and other nurses who try my stethoscope out are impressed by the sounds they can hear.
    hi, i too am a hearing impaired nurse, at what point (degree of loss) did you finally get the electronic steth? in the upper range i need as much as 70 dec. to hear what normally be heard at 10-20.....thanks for your input
  11. by   soon2bnycmhnp
    Quote from morte
    hi, i too am a hearing impaired nurse, at what point (degree of loss) did you finally get the electronic steth? in the upper range i need as much as 70 dec. to hear what normally be heard at 10-20.....thanks for your input


    Hey I am a New bie and i too am hearing impaired around same decibel as yall .....we should make a group(if there is not al ready 1) i am in Nyc and i want to do Nursing and i need yall help... Please.
  12. by   bleppity
    I am also a hearing impaired nurse. I have a ThinkLabs digital electronic stethoscope that I have been very pleased with. ThinkLabs website is www.thinklabsmedical.com . It amplifies the sound and also filters out background noises extremely well. I did an externship on a cardiac floor and the nurses and doctors were quite envious of how well it sounded. On the website the list price is $395, but I ordered mine from www.allheart.com for $200. That was the cheapest I could find it. I've had mine for almost a year. I've had to replace the eartips, but other than that it has held up well.
  13. by   bleppity
    Also, I wanted to point out that if you are a hearing impaired nurse or nursing student, check out your state's department of vocational rehabilitation. I have received 2 stethoscopes through that department without cost due to needing it for school and in order to do my job, as well as hearing aids.
  14. by   Rabid Badger
    Stupid question alert:

    How well does it improve your ablity to hear lung sounds? That is mostly what I use my stethescope for, and I'd love to be able to hear them better.

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