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After high school I joined the Navy and shortly thereafter ended up in Vietnam with the Marines. While I learned a lot about myself and emergency medicine during that year I also suffered a traumatic rupture of my right eardrum when the vehicle I was riding on hit a box mine.
Since that time I've had some ringing in my right ear and a little hearing loss. In medical school I missed a lot of the murmurs that people said were there but I couldn't hear. A few years back I purchased a Thinklabs stethoscope and since that time I'm the one who hears the murmurs that others miss. Thanks Thinklabs!
Rob Barthel, MD
The One is a terrific electronic stethoscope. Love it. Sophisticated pickups possible. Nice for teaching! Thanks again!!!
William S. Silvers, M.D.
I continue to absolutely love what my One stethoscope does for me as a hearing impaired user. As you may recall, I use the Dre Beats headphones over my bilateral BTE hearing aids, so the amplified signal is presented to the aids' microphones, allowing the aids to process it further, compressing/shifting frequencies, etc., while some sound travels, I am sure, down the ear canal and is processed "naturally".
The listening experience is extraordinary, allowing great confidence diagnosing the pathologies of my little pediatric ICU patients. I often imagine the device transports me inside the patient, so great is the clarity and amplitude of the sounds.”
Thomas J. Poulton, MD, FAAP, FACP, FCCM
Alaska Native Medical Center
The One is a great stethoscope. I have been using it for a few weeks now. I had been dreaming about designing this exact device.
The main problem with electronic stethoscopes I think is the tendency to pick up artifact like crackling in my knuckles and movement on the skin etc. But conventional stethoscopes have the same problem. I am a hospitalist and most of my patients are lying down. I have found that with this stethoscope I can easily sit it on the chest and take my hand away. Then the signal is completely free of artifact and the sound is perfect! Really fantastic. Far better than a conventional stethoscope. It could do with a little weight on it when used this way, especially if the chest is hairy. I might make a little metal disk to fit over it when I really need extra weight. But on the other hand it is delightfully light to carry around.
You can very conveniently adjust the volume and frequency ranges at a touch of a button. And the frequency filters are much more effective than the differentiation you get with bell and diaphragm. There are about 5 pre-set frequency filter ranges and you can choose any two as your favorites. On the lung exam I am hearing sounds I never heard before.
Everyone comments when they see me using this beautifully made device - doctors, nurses and patients alike. I let them listen to it and they are immediately sold. All the medical people want one. The only problem is that they are a bit pricey. I expect prices may come down and at $250 I think they would sell like hotcakes. As an internist we don’t have any other personal tools we can buy for our own pleasure. The stethoscope is about it. So I decided it was an investment I just had to make and I am so pleased I did.
It is great for teaching. You can record sounds onto your phone, display it as a phonogram graph, trim it to length, and save it, reopen the file or send it as email or SMS. There is an iPhone app containing a selection of prerecorded abnormal sounds. You can download this and listen before you buy. It is just a little fiddly to connect the cables for recording but that is unavoidable.
I carry the extra cable and tiny recording adapter in a plastic bag in my pocket. I put the device itself in the top pocket of my shirt and sling the ear buds around my neck so it doesn’t get tangled. Putting the ear buds in is slightly more fiddly than a conventional stethoscope but worth it. The battery lasts a week of regular use in a busy hospital setting before they need recharging with the supplies USB cable and charger. Great for the 7 on 7 off schedule! It lasts a month on standby. I don’t know how you replace the battery if it dies but you can unscrew the diaphragm to get access to its internal organs.
There is a good review on YouTube. His only criticism is that the ear buds only lasted 6 weeks. Mine are doing well so far. But they are an easily replaceable accessory, and not terribly expensive to replace. They need to be able to reproduce very low frequency sounds. It is surprising that when you play heart sounds back through the iPhone speakers you can’t hear a thing. It just cannot reproduce the low frequency. But plug in headphones or Bose Quiet Comfort headphones or speakers with a subwoofer and the sound reproduction is great! I just love my new tool! Strongly recommended.
A. Evan Lewis PhD, MD.
I see kids with asthma and they are a busy lot! They are mesmerized by my Thinklabs One stethoscope and they love to listen to their breath sounds after I record them. I can't imagine why anyone would use any other stethoscope.
Many of my patients, especially the younger ones, think my One stethoscope is very cool. I let the kids listen to one ear bud while I listen to the other.
Elaine Chiu, MD
My initial impression is very favorable. The feel of the One compared to ds32+ is so much nicer. The biggest plus is that it is not cumbersome -- with the ds32+, I couldn't get it to fit well in a lab coat pocket, and it was awkward to carry around and I felt like it banged surfaces too much whenever I tried to place it down. The One can fit in the palm of my hand with my iphone as I go from room to room, or in a lab coat easily if I wore one (we don't wear them in my clinic). I appreciate not having the extra unused equipment -- very streamlined. I like that all the buttons are on the scope part of the stethoscope -- it's much easier to switch between frequencies while holding against a patient's chest. It's easier to turn on, too.
The wiring is long enough, and no longer gets tangled up, unlike the ds32+. Ergonomics are better because of less extraneous equipment. I think the switch from built in mic to headset is easier with the One. More obvious that I'm not getting ambient noise.
I'm still trying to play around with frequencies, but don't have a lot of time for it in clinic right now.
The app seems to be operating same as I'm used to, but definitely loads faster as I'm no longer using an old iphone 3. I really appreciate that you're keeping up with technology. I know deaf and h-of-h consumers worry that if we invest in your products, it will become obsolete (which was my worry when I couldn't use the ds32+ with anything newer than iphone 3). One comment re the app comes to mind -- it might be nice to allow the orientation to go either way on the screen, depending how one holds it. Doesn't bother me, but others might like it...And patients continue to be super-impressed with evolving technology!
Marcie Johnson, PA
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I just discovered my ThinkLabs One went through the laundry with my scrubs last night. I am a senior vet student on clinical rotations, Deaf, and have no other scope to work with. I love my ThinkLabs scope!
I am assuming it cannot be repaired, but I do need a replacement ASAP...I will be pretty much lost without it. I appreciate your attentiveness to my needs. Great stethoscope, great customer service – who could ask for anything more?
Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Class of 2016
We purchased a ThinkLabs One stethoscope and tested it within our telemedicine environment. We have received nothing but positive feedback regarding your company’s stethoscope. Of the electronic stethoscopes we have evaluated, the ThinkLabs One is the only one of the three that the doctors feel will allow them to provide a worthwhile remote diagnosis.
I already own One and love it! Want another! This is by far the best amplified stethoscope I've ever used. I don't like the long cord but it is so good it would be unethical not to use it just because I don't like the design. I've talked with Clive about it and the cloth tube he suggested helps.
Ann Troy, MD, Pediatrics
“My DS32s have been everywhere from Antarctica (where I worked as an EMT on several expeditions) to Vietnam, where I was as the first-aid lead and photographer on a trip into the rural battlefields of the Vietnam War. After all that..all that abuse, and wear-and-tear, to just have an earpiece break...that speaks volumes right there for the durability of your equipment. Feel free to use my quotes as sent, or let me know if you want me to add any details as you deem necessary. And, if you ever need a real-world tester of the Thinklabs One, in a non-hospital environment, I'm your person...”
John Luck, MD
LOVE my Thinklabs One stethoscope! Truly cutting edge! Small package with lots of features. By far the best sounding stethoscope I've heard. Coupled with Beats headphones....wow. Can't wait to try it out with my new Oticon Alta Pro hearing aids when they arrive!
I use the Thinklabs One every shift on the ambulance. I'm severely hard of hearing and have to wear hearing aids to hear anything at all. This stethoscope has allowed me to do my job listening to lung sounds, bowel sounds, and blood pressure while going lights/sirens bouncing around in the back of ambulance to the ER. I've had the One for over a year and it has been though the rough temperatures of Arizona; it’s had blood and other bodily fluids on it, which is easily able to wiped off due to its design. The sound quality is amazing and better than any other electronic stethoscopes I've owned in the past. The light-up face lets me listen to lung sounds in the dark while working trauma patients on the freeways at night.
The best part about the One that is over looked by most clinicians is the ability to share a moment listening to a heart beat with the patient “mostly pediatrics” together, by having one headphone in the patient’s ear and the other in yours. The genuine smile of hearing their heart beat for the first time ever is the best part of my day.
I've been using the new Thinklabs One stethoscope for several months. Immediately it was very clear that the sound using both the bell and diaphragm functions were far superior to any other electronic stethoscope, and I have used the HP and Littman models extensively. The range of volume is much better as well as the clarity of the sound. The interface for changing from bell to diaphragm mode, and adjustment of volume, is also much easier on the Thinklabs than on the other electronic stethoscopes. The other models did improve volume over manual stethoscopes, but the Thinklabs One did that, and improved the quality of the sound as well. For noncardiac auscultation, such as lungs and listening for bruits, again the Thinklabs is far superior.
It is much more convenient to carry, in fact, so convenient you never have to think twice about the bulk fitting in your pocket, as you would with a traditional stethoscope.
It is easy to keep charged with a very long battery life, unlike other electronic stethoscopes that required batteries and no means to keep them charged. I charged the Thinklabs in my car every day, so it was always ready to go. Compared to other manual and electronic stethoscopes, this is far superior.
Finally, if there were any issues, the tech support with the HP and Littman were essentially nonexistent. Thinklabs tech support rivaled if not exceeded the legendary tech support of Apple.
Keith L Klein, MD, FACP, FASN
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Attending Physician, Division of Nephrology
Director, Metabolic Support Team
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
I continue to absolutely love what my One stethoscope does for me as a hearing impaired user. I use the Dr. Dre Beats headphones over my bilateral BTE hearing aids, so the amplified signal is presented to the aids' microphones, allowing the aids to process it further, compressing/shifting frequencies, etc., while some sound travels, I am sure, down the ear canal and is processed "naturally".
The listening experience is extraordinary, allowing great confidence diagnosing the pathologies of my little pediatric ICU patients. I often imagine the device transports me inside the patient, so great is the clarity and amplitude of the sounds.
Thomas J Poulton, MD, FAAP, FACP, FCCM
Alaska Native Medical Center
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