How Do I Choose the Best Custom Stethoscope?

Erik J.J. Goserud

There are many reasons why a person in the medical field may want to choose a custom stethoscope. Perhaps you are a medical assistant with oddly shaped ears, a male nurse with a soft spot for the color pink, or a doctor who wants a Snoopy-themed chest piece. Maybe you are fighting your hipster roots and just need to be different. Regardless of why you want a custom stethoscope made, there are a few guidelines that may help you choose the right one for you.

A healthcare provider with a custom stethoscope around his neck.
A healthcare provider with a custom stethoscope around his neck.

The first step is to identify why you are getting a custom stethoscope and which features you wish this device to have. If you do not fall into one of the previously listed categories, that is OK. All you need is an idea of what you want and the resources to acquire it. The most important thing is that a custom stethoscope functions properly as no aesthetic value will make up for an inaccurate quality of sound. The entire point of having a stethoscope is to gain important medical information; therefore, this should be the priority.

A custom stethoscope.
A custom stethoscope.

After you have decided the functions and features of your device, think about the resources you are willing to spend on it. Decide if you want to spend the big bucks to have that comfortable, sleek-looking device or if you want the cheapest available option. Ask yourself these questions when choosing a custom stethoscope, and act accordingly.

After all of the details surrounding your customized sound gatherer are finalized, the search may begin for legitimate manufacturers. The best way to conduct this search is through the Internet, where most possible companies that produce such products have established a presence. There are limitations drawn by some companies, whereas others may be willing to completely make your stethoscope dreams a reality. If you know someone with a stethoscope, it may not hurt to ask where he or she got it. Asking such questions will help you make friends while also garnering the necessary information to obtain the holy grail of medical equipment.

It may seem like somewhat of an accessory, but a custom stethoscope can legitimately improve the life of a hospital or clinic employee. Rather than dealing with the monotony that health care is famous for, patients who comment on your stethoscope may resonate with you throughout the day. This appreciation for flare exhibited by patients will instill a new eagerness to serve the patients around you like never before.

A medical assistant wearing a custom stethoscope taking a patient's history.
A medical assistant wearing a custom stethoscope taking a patient's history.

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