When clamoring around reading stethoscope reviews on the web, they will tell you their opinion on what are the best or worst stethoscopes and even which features they approve or disapprove of. But does this really help you if you don’t understand the overall total concept of this medical device? If you don’t grasp how it functions as a whole, then the reviews are largely meaningless drivel as they babble on about each different part, brand, model, or whatever else you don’t understand. So let’s fix this issue here and now.
What makes a great stethoscope? First and foremost you have to realize that a stethoscope is basically a giant tube that transfers sound from one end all the way through and up to your ears. So the main thing is making sure the tube is unobstructed. Second is you want to make sure the parts that stick into your ear aren’t hard as rocks are too big or too small. Soft ear tips of the proper size are a must.
In addition, the chest piece should be made of stainless steel. Don’t cave on this feature and get aluminum. Stainless steel only. You need a double chestpiece as well, which means that the single tubing spreads into two channels and into your ears. Some have two independent chest pieces which is flimsy and quite frankly kind of silly. This usually means you have two tubes instead of one as well, and volume issues. You only have so much wiggle room with diaphragm diameter and materials before you have to dig into electronic stethoscopes to further affect the volume abilities.
Other little features are bells that can be aligned on and off so you can keep the stethoscope in your ears but silence the sound coming from the diaphragm. You can also get covers, lights, holders, and more accessories for your stethoscope as well.
This the overview concept so you’ll at least know what you’re reading about when online reading reviews. Go forth and choose wisely.