Stethoscopes

Mentone Educational is proud to offer a wide range of stethoscopes that are suitable for clinical and educational use. Our high-quality, reliable products are manufactured by respected medical equipment manufacturers including ADC (American Diagnostics Corporation), Liberty Healthcare and 3M Littman. These medical equipment are used by medical professionals around the world because of their enhanced acoustic response, durability and modularity, enabling the attachment of a variety of interchangeable bells and adult and paediatric diaphragms. Buy now with confidence.


Models suitable for all areas of medicine

Manufactured from surgical stainless steel and machined to exacting tolerances, our products provide precision and reliability in a variety of clinical settings. When you buy equipment from Mentone Educational, you are buying a high-quality product that sees use at every level and in every field in medicine. The affordable prices available in our store allow access to the very best tools in the industry by medical students, nurses, general practitioners, specialists and other healthcare professionals.

The background

Until the early 1800s, doctors used to just put their ear to a patient’s chest to listen to their heart. Then, in 1816, French physician René Laënnec discovered that sounds were amplified when a rolled-up tube was applied to the patient’s chest, and the idea for a stethoscope was born. These days, auscultation (from the Latin of “to listen”) is performed for the purposes of examining the circulatory and respiratory systems (heart and breath sounds), as well as the gastrointestinal system (bowel sounds). It is a skill used by doctors, nurses and other health professionals that requires clinical experience, a good-quality acoustic medical devices and great listening skills. Stethoscopes (from the Greek word stethos for chest) have continued to evolve and now allow physicians to detect heart murmurs, heart rates, wheezes and crackles in the airways, and bowel sounds. Electronic devices are the latest innovation, providing amplification as well as the reduction of ambient sounds for greater clarity.

Which type of Stethoscope is the best for my use?

The most often asked question is how to choose the RIGHT stethoscope. However, there is no definitive answer. It is more often down to a balance of performance, comfort, budget, technology, and personal preference. Not everyone needs to use a top-of-the-range acoustic medical devices. And even if you have the expertise and training to use the additional features or enhanced acoustic performance of the top models available, the price may not be justifiable for the amount of use you will be getting from your equipment. Some healthcare professionals are particular about the weight of their equipment, preferring lightweight models, while some prefer heavier units for maximum durability. Others might go for a specific brand, design or even colour.

What are the best stethoscopes for doctors?

#1 - 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope

Our most popular doctor’s stethoscope is now available in a great selection of colours and finishes, so every doctor will find a style perfect for them. The two-sided chestpiece with tuneable diaphragms means that this style is highly versatile, being suitable for both adult and paediatric doctors. Littmann’s next-generation tubing also ensures that this stethoscope is durable and easy to clean, which is essential for doctors in a hospital or clinical environment. 

#2 - Littmann Electronic Stethoscope

The Littmann Electronic Stethoscopes are the best choice for experienced doctors looking to improve their practice with the latest technology. The combination of Ambient Noise Reduction, frictional noise dampening and amplification features, as well as Bluetooth® technology, allows doctors ease of use and next-level performance.

#3 - 3M Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope 

The newly released Littmann Cardiology IV is designed for doctors who require exceptional quality and versatility coupled with the best in acoustic performance. The easily adjustable headset is specially designed for better audibility of high-frequency sounds, whilst the tuneable diaphragm and dual-lumen tubing allows medical professionals to use this stethoscope in private clinics or busy hospital settings.

#4 - Liberty Cardiology Ultrasharp Stethoscope

The Liberty Ultrasharp is a professional cardiology stethoscope which features a modern, clean and smooth ergonomic design for a professional look. Ideal for doctors and medical students, this durable stethoscope utilises electroplating technology that makes the surface smoother to the touch and resistant to tarnishing. 

#5 - Liberty Classic Tunable Stethoscope

The Liberty Classic Tuneable is a dual-head professional stethoscope, providing superior acoustic sensitivity with a pressure sensitive diaphragm. A popular choice for doctors, the new and innovative design features non-corrosive titanium, making it lightweight and durable.

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What are the best stethoscopes for nurses?

#1 - 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope

Ideal for paediatric nurses, the Littmann Classic II stethoscope features a dual-sided chestpiece with a small 3.3cm diaphragm. The design also provides comfort for patients with its non-chill rim, and comfort for the practitioner with soft-sealing ear tips providing excellent acoustic sound.

#2 - Littmann Select Stethoscope

The Littmann Select is a great, economical stethoscope that comes in a range of colours and with a 2-year warranty. The tuneable technology allows you to easily switch from low to high frequency sounds, and the comfortable snap-tight eartips reduce ambient noise, making them perfect for nurses working in busy hospital environments. 

#3 - Adscope Sprague 647 Stethoscope

The Sprague Stethoscope (Adscope 647) is made specifically for nurses, and includes an accessory pouch containing everything needed to monitor a wide variety of patients. The threaded chestpiece drum allows the use of five interchangeable chestpiece fittings; a paediatric diaphragm, an adult diaphragm, and three bells, making this a great economical option for many nurses.

#4 - Liberty Classic Tunable Stethoscope

The Liberty Classic tuneable stethoscope is ideal for nurses as it is simple to use and maintain, and comes in a range of stylish colours. The comfortable and light design features non-corrosive titanium, Superflex binaural tubing, non-chill rings, and an innovate pressure sensitive diaphragm with an advanced soft ear tip.

What are the best paediatric stethoscopes?

#1 - 3M Littmann Classic II Infant Stethoscope

The 3M Littmann Classic II Infant Stethoscope is specially designed for use on smaller paediatric patients. Its dual-sided chestpiece delivers high acoustic sensitivity for high and low frequency sounds, and the headset is easily adjustable for a comfortable fit. 

#2 - 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope 

The 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope is ideal for use by medical professionals and students for the physical assessment and diagnosis of Pediatric patients. The versatile chestpiece design allows for high acoustic sensitivity and features a floating diaphragm and an open bell.

What does this cost?

Our high-quality products are available in a number of varieties and at several different price points. A reliable, entry-level acoustic medical devices suitable for general use, by nurses or medical students, can be purchased for prices between $20 and $50. For those who need a little extra sound and build quality a professional/specialised acoustic medical device may offer better sound for the user and be constructed of high-end lightweight metals. For example, there are specialised acoustic medical devices designed for paediatrics, cardiology and paramedic work. Each of these products feature unique benefits that make them ideal for working with different patients and in varied environments, including lighter weight components, increased durability, special diaphragms and/or bells, wider frequency ranges, enhanced sound oscillation. Top of the range cardiology and Sprague devices can set you back several hundreds of dollars.

How do I clean and maintain my device?

Because it comes into contact with many different patients and is often carried between different wards, apartments or homes, it is important to disinfect your equipment regularly and ideally between patients. Different parts of the equipment are made from different materials, which means that they have to be treated in different ways.

Chest piece and diaphragm: The chest piece and diaphragm arguably require the most frequent cleaning. To clean your chest piece, use a cotton ball soaked in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 70% rubbing alcohol prep pads and wipe the entire chest piece. To reach the harder to reach areas, such as around the stem, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Tubing: Most tubing is made of PVC. To clean your tubing, use warm, soapy water and a cloth or paper towel. Soak your paper towel or cloth in soapy water and wipe down. After wiping down your tubing, use another paper towel or cloth to dry.

Headset and ear tips: These parts can be wiped down with rubbing alcohol prep pads or swabs. Ear tips can often come off for thorough cleaning.

Many manufacturers will supply spare and replacement parts for their medical equipment, please ask for further details.

Can I purchase a teaching stethoscope at Mentone Educational?

Yes, you can. Ideal for use when training new members of your team, for an accurate second opinion or as a practical educational tool, the dual headsets of a teaching stethoscope allow instructors and students to simultaneously auscultate patients with high acoustic sensitivity. 

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Leading Brands We Stock

American Diagnostic Corporation

American Diagnostic Corporation (ADC) is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of diagnostic medical products, personal instruments, and accessories for the healthcare industry. For more than 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and supplying acoustic medical devices that provide an unmatched value proposition with a purchase experience that is second to none.

3M Littman

Every 3M Littmann acoustic medical device delivers profession-leading innovations, engineering, advanced materials, precise manufacturing and a high level of consistent quality. All Littmann brands are built according to strict process and quality controls for tight consistency. That means any Littmann acoustic medical device you choose will provide a consistently high level of performance.

What is the best Littmann stethoscope?

#1 - Littmann Electronic Stethoscope

This top-of-the-range Electronic Stethoscope by Littmann utilises the latest technology, enables you to record and save patient sound tracks, and transmit sounds via Bluetooth. It also allows for remote listening, eliminates 85% of ambient noise, and is available in black, burgundy, and navy blue.

#2 - 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope

The 3M Littmann Classic II Paediatric Stethoscope is ideal for paediatric patients with its small 3.3cm diaphragm and versatile dual-sided chestpiece. Available in black, pearl pink, pine green, raspberry, red, royal blue, Caribbean blue, navy blue, orange, and peach, you will surely be able to find the perfect style for you.

#3 - 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope

With a two-sided chestpiece and tuneable diaphragms, the Littmann Classis III stethoscope is highly versatile and can be used for both adult and paediatric patients. Mentone’s most popular stethoscope is highly customisable, with colourful finishes including rainbow, copper, smoke, classic silver, as well as an extensive range of tube colours.

#4 - 3M Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope

The 3M Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope is designed for medical professionals who require exceptional acoustics, and features a tuneable diaphragm, dual-lumen next-generation tubing. This stethoscope is also available in a great range of colours including black, burgundy, Caribbean blue, plum, raspberry, rose pink, hunter green, and navy blue.

#5 - Littmann Select Stethoscope

The affordable and reliable Littmann Select Stethoscope is a must-have for medical students and professionals looking to provide a basic sound assessment for their patients. Choose yours from a variety of innovative colours like ocean blue, pine green, burgundy, and Caribbean blue.

Liberty Healthcare

The Liberty® Health Seal of Quality ensures that the product you purchase is free from manufacturing or material faults and has a performance that you would expect for use by a health care professional. All Liberty® products are unconditionally guaranteed against manufacturing defects. 50 years of experience by our manufacturer makes Liberty® a quality product.

Equip yourself with the very best

Mentone Educational has made a name for itself for providing only the highest quality of physiology equipment and educational resources to schools, hospitals, practices, and universities across Australia. Owned and operated by experts, we pride ourselves on delivering friendly, knowledgeable customer service ensuring that our clients have the advice needed to make the most informed choice for themselves.

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