Using Bluetooth Transmitters with One

Thinklabs One can be connected to an external Bluetooth transmitter via a short cable that we provide with the stethoscope, allowing it to become Bluetooth-enabled. The Bluetooth transmitter can then be paired with Bluetooth devices, like wireless headphones or speakers.

Selecting a Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

We recommend the TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter and Receiver, but similar devices may also work. You can purchase the transmitter from Amazon.

This product is also used in pairs for wireless transmission to the inside of PPE for isolation or to an ante room in an isolation ward. The audio quality is very good, but not as perfect as wired headphones. The transmitter can be paired with Bluetooth headphones, but we have found few that match the quality of Thinklabs earbud headphones. For pure audio quality, we therefore recommend using wired earbuds or headphones. Use these Bluetooth accessories only when wireless transmission is highly desired, such as for isolation.

Bluetooth or Wired Loudspeakers:

Both the 
Big Jambox and the Nyne Bass loudspeaker offer combinations of small size and good bass. They have built-in Bluetooth or can be connected directly via a cable; they also offer built-in rechargeable power. The speakers work well in reasonably quiet environments.

In general, loudspeakers need excellent bass to work well for auscultation. Again, headphones offer the best audio quality, but users have been pleased with the Big Jambox and Nyne Bass.

Bluetooth for Hearing Aids:

Hearing Aid manufacturers provide brand-specific "streamers," which are wireless devices worn around the neck that transmit sound to hearing aids.  Just connect your Thinklabs One to the streamer via the cable provided with your stethoscope and the streamer will forward the sound live to your hearing aids. You therefore do not need to purchase the Bluetooth accessories listed above if you are planning to listen via hearing aids. For more information, visit our 
Hearing Aid Guide