Thinklabs One can be used with a small external Bluetooth transmitter, allowing it to become Bluetooth-enabled. The Bluetooth transmitter can then be paired with Bluetooth devices, like wireless headphones or speakers.
1. Selecting a Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:
We recommend this Bluetooth transmitter.
These products are 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.
2. Bluetooth or Wired Loudspeakers:
Thinklabs has tested the Beats Pill + which can be used both as a bluetooth or wired loudspeaker with good sound results.
Both the Big Jambox and the Nyne Bass loudspeaker offer the desirable combination 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 beatspill+, Big Jambox and Nyne Bass.
3. 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 your hearing aids.
For more information about using The One with hearing aids, visit our Hearing Aid Guide.