NOTE: at the time this blog post was written, the Audiologists Choice Bluetooth Amplified Stethoscope demonstrated promise as a viable stethoscope solution for hearing instrument wearers; performance issues (see July 10, 2013 post) warranted the need to offer more reliable product solutions.
Medical professionals who are wearers of hearing instruments often experience challenges performing auscultation since the hearing instruments often preclude the use of standard acoustic or electronic stethoscopes. Until recently, viable options were limited to the use of aesthetically unappealing oversized-headphones, uncomfortable adapters (stethomate tips) associated with limited success, or the need to concede to forgoing the use of hearing instruments during auscultation. Audiologists finally have a solution in the form of the Audiologist’s Choice Amplified Stethoscope for patients employed in the medical field.
The Audiologist’s Choice Amplified Stethoscope is designed to wirelessly transmit heart and lung sounds directly to the communication devices (i.e. streamer) that accompany most hearing instruments. The streamer, in turn, delivers body sounds directly to the hearing instruments. The Audiologists’s Choice Amplified Stethoscope has been successfully paired during field trials to the Phonak iCom, Siemens miniTek, Widex M-DEX and Hansaton i-com2 (NOTE: this does not represent an exhaustive list of hearing instruments that will work wirelessly with the Audiologist’s Choice Bluetooth Electronic Stethoscope). Designed primarily for use with hearing instruments accompanied with wireless streamers, an audio-in cable is packaged with the device in the event the amplifier of the stethoscope will not successfully pair with the streamer. The audio-in cable may be used to connect the amplifier to the streamer, permitting wireless communication of body sounds from the streamer to the hearing instruments. For more information, contact Oaktree Products in St. Louis at 800.347.1960 and ask for customer service; or if you prefer check out the Audiologist’s Choice Amplified Stethoscope via www.oaktreeproducts.com.