Littmann Electronic Stethoscope 3100 Review
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This Littmann Electronic Stethoscope 3100 is a phenomenal option for you if you need an amplified stethoscope. It provides both sound amplification and ambient noise reduction, the best of both worlds! If you have hearing loss or are looking for a stethoscope that makes it easier to hear, this should be given serious consideration.
Features of the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope 3100
Let’s get right to it. The amplification is up to 24X, a huge plus for those of us that are hard of hearing. But here’s the kicker… it will also has ambient noise reduction technology. It will even help reduce frictional noise as well.
Almost all of the user reviewers simply love the sound quality, especially from medical professionals who need this type of stethoscope. The Littmann 3100 Electronic Stethoscope ambient noise reduction on average is 85%.
The sound and clarity is amazing. It’s not only louder but crisper. Several reviewers refer that the change from a traditional stethoscope to this one is worth every penny. They can hear the higher frequency sounds that they had difficulties with or could hear at all. There are 8 increments of amplification, a nice feature. You can even make your own custom configuration.
At 28 inches long, it’s a good working length. A word of caution, a few reviewers do state that they had problems with tubes not working well after several years. This is of course, is outside of the 2 year warranty mentioned below.
At a light 6.6 ounces for the entire amplified stethoscope, it’s not bad. The chestpiece comes in at 3.45 ounces. Other electronic stethoscope chestpieces weight as much or if not more that the entire weight of this stethoscope.
The Littmann 3100 Stethoscope comes with a 2 year warranty. Some reviewers state they are unhappy with the customer service by Littmann. Although the complaints are not frequent, there are some. For example, a user sent their Littmann Electronic Stethoscope in for repairs due it not turning on, when they received it back it still had the same problem. Most reviewers do not mention any issues with the warranty.
An “AA” battery is that is all that is required. Access to change the battery is straightforward and not complicated. It is not a rechargeable electronic stethoscope as some are.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Do I Clean My Stethoscope?
All that is required is alcohol pads. Do not rinse in water or other fluids. The ear tips can be removed for a more thorough cleaning if needed.
If you have developed a good procedure to wear a traditional stethoscope while wearing your hearing aids, this will work for you. However, for those that are new to hearing aids and can’t wear a regular stethoscope with your hearing aids, you may have to remove them to use this stethoscope. This stethoscope does have volume controls, so when using hearing aids you can still make adjustments to the sound level. Here’s for a great article on stethoscopes and hearing aids from Audiology Online.
3. Can This Stethosocope Record Sounds and Does it Have Internal Memory?
It can’t record sounds and it doesn’t have internal memory.
4. I had Used a Master Cardiology / Cardiology III, Should I Get This One to Replace It?
If you don’t have a specific need for this electronic stethoscope, such as hearing loss, it comes down to personal preference. If you have hearing loss, all of the reviewers agree you need it. If you don’t, it’s about 50/50. Some love it and other go back to either the Master Cardiology or the Cardiology III.
Should I Buy the Littmann 3100 Electronic Stethoscope?
This is an all-around good amplified electronic stethoscope. If you want a more advanced Littmann Electronic Stethoscope, the Littmann 3200 is worth looking at. Okay, so you are asking right now… Littmann Electronic Stethoscope 3100 vs 3200? The 3100 is a lot easier to use according to reviews. With that said, the 3100 is a fantastic electronic stethoscope for the price. The combination of the ambient noise reduction and amplification is highly recommended by user reviews.