Are Digital Stethoscopes Worth The Money?

by | May 19, 2022 | Podcasts | 0 comments

Thanks so much to Eko for sponsoring this podcast episode!

Who You’ll Hear

Kati Kleber, MSN RN– Nurse educator, former cardiac med-surg/stepdown and neurocritical care nurse, author, and speaker.

Are Digital Stethoscopes Worth The Money PIN

What You’ll Learn:

  • Are Digital Stethoscopes Worth The Money?

When researching digital scopes, I have found that the market has changed rapidly in the last few years. Various models have been discontinued, while others have been upgraded. After much research, these are the top three options in the electronic stethoscope space that I have come across. 

NamePriceWarrantySound AmplificationAmbient Noise CancelationAbility to RecordNotes
Cardonics E-Scope 7700 $3351 year50% greater sound sensitivity than analog

Price and warranty varied widely. Has headphones, not regular earpieces. AAA battery. Filter for heart and lung sounds. A second person can listen simultaneously.
Eko CORE from Littmann$350, but likely can get for $2992 years40xYesYesCan toggle between digital and analog, chargeable, has Eko app to see a visualization of sounds, traditional scope feel. 
Thinklabs One$4992 years100xYesYesCan be used with any headphones, bell with a cable to headphones. May be challenging to use rapidly in code situations compared to traditional scope that can sit on the neck and quickly put on. 

The amplification of the Eko CORE is something Nurses have to come to rely on in their day-to-day clinical duties. With 40x amplification and active noise cancellation, the 3M™ Littmann® CORE Digital Stethoscope is becoming the go-to stethoscope for nurses nationwide.

At Eko, they love Nurses so much that they decided to AMPLIFY NURSES Week, and turn it into Nurses Month! They are celebrating Nurses all month long to show our appreciation & support for their contributions to healthcare. In Honor of Nurses Month, they are giving away a grand prize of $1000 towards a trip of your choice! Eko knows that Nurses are some of the hardest working people in healthcare so they want to give you a chance to take some time to relax.


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    Hi, I’m Kati.

    Kati Kleber, MSN RN is a nurse educator, author, national speaker, host of the FreshRN® Podcast, and owner of FreshRN® – an online platform created to educate, encourage, and motivate newly licensed nurses in innovative ways.

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