Hearing Aids and One
We have many customers who are hearing-impaired who have good results with Thinklabs One.
There are a couple of options for using One with hearing aids:
Option 1: Use your favorite audio headphones.
Whether you wear hearing aids or you are simply hard-of-hearing, audio headphones will enhance your listening on the One. If the hearing aids are open-fit, meaning there's a pathway or small orifice through which ambient sound can reach the eardrums, headphones should be loud enough. You hear the headphone sound directly through the open fit, bypassing your hearing aids.
If your hearing aids are closed-fit (ears are sealed), you rely on your hearing aids to amplify sounds. Low frequency sounds, such as bass from heart sounds, can be difficult for hearing aids to reproduce. In this case, the best option is to look for headphone that are comfortable and give you good bass.
*A note on selecting headphones: While One works well with any over-the-ear or on-the-ear headphones, we recommend Beats Pro over-the-ear and AKG Y40 on-the-ear headphones. We encourage you to try the One with your favorite headphones. If they work well for music with a lot of bass, they will probably be great for auscultation, too.
Option 2. Use a streamer (also known as a "neck loop")
Streamers transmit audio to hearing aids wirelessly. The One connects to any audio device that has a 3.5mm input jack, and most streamers have this connection. (We can help you verify this for your particular hearing aid model, or ask your audiologist.) Many Thinklabs customers like using the One stethoscope this way. The main factor is whether your hearing aids are programmed to reproduce low frequencies adequately.
If you use a streamer with a 2.5 mm jack (e.g., Oticon Pro, Siemens) - you can connect the stethoscope to a such streamers, but an adapter cable between 3.5mm and 2.5mm would be used. The hearing aid company can most likely provide this, given that most audio devices use 3.5mm.
If you would like to read more about specific hearing aid styles and how each works with One, please look at our Hearing Aid Guide.
We encourage you to place an order and do some experimenting with Thinklabs One. If our stethoscope doesn't work for you, simply return it to us within 30 days for a full refund.