Electronic Stethoscope

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Stethoscopes are not only useful for doctors, but home mechanics, exterminators, spying and any number of other uses. Standard stethoscopes provide no amplification which limits their use. This circuit uses op-amps to greatly amplify a standard stethoscope, and includes a low pass filter to remove background noise.


Schematic for Electronic Stethoscope


Total Qty.
R1110K 1/4W Resistor
R212.2K 1/4W Resistor
R4147K 1/4W Resistor
R5, R6, R7333K 1/4W Resistor
R8156K 1/4W Resistor
R1014.7K 1/4W Resistor
R1112.2K to 10K Audio Taper Pot
R121330K 1/4W Resistor
R13, R15, R1631K 1/4W Resistor
R1413.9 Ohm 1/4W Resistor
C1, C82470uF 16V Electrolytic Capacitor
C214.7uF 16V Electrolytic Capacitor
C3, C420.047uF 50V Metalized Plastic Film Capacitor
C510.1uF 50V Ceramic Disc Capacitor
C6, C721000uF 16V Electrolytic Capacitor
U11TL072 Low Noise Dual Op-Amp
U41741 Op-Amp
U51LM386 Audio Power Amp
MIC1Two Wire Electret Microphone
J111/8" Stereo Headphone Jack
Batt1, Batt229V Alkaline Battery
LED1Red/Green Dual Colour Two Wire LED
SW1DPST Switch
MISC1Stethoscope head or jar lid, rubber sleeve for microphone, board, wire, battery clips, knob for R11


  1. MIC is an assembly made out of a stethoscope head and electret mic. Cut the head off the stethoscope and use a small piece of rubber tube to join the nipple on the head to the mic.
  2. Be careful with the volume, as excess noise levels may damage your ears.
  3. R11 is the volume control.
  4. The circuit marked as optional is not required for the main circuit to function. The optional circuit blinks an LED to the heartbeat as it is heard by the microphone. Even if the optional circuit is not included, sound will still be heard via the headphone jack.

  5. Thanks to audioguru for correcting and improving this original schematic. He has essentially redesigned the circuit as a much improved version. Read about it in this forum topic.

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Electronic Stethoscope
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:49:13 AM
The Circuit is super sensitive. But i could able to detect the heartbeat at the first stage of amplifier circuit. (i.e near R11). but when i connect the TRS jack to C6/R5 , i could not able to detect the heartbeat and it is completely no sound in the earphones even i have tried tuning the R11 pot. Could you please let me know why the second stage amplification is failed. Even in first stage amplification output near R11, i could see the pot is tuned to 2.2k (measured using multimeter between Pot Output pin and ground pin) where i can hear humming effect mixed with the hearbeat signal. Pl. provide your suggestion on this.
Electronic Stethoscope
Saturday, May 02, 2015 5:57:30 AM
Are C6 and C8 wrongly marked? Should their locations be swapped?
Electronic Stethoscope
Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:47:32 AM
I made this project, it is working very good . thank you.
Electronic Stethoscope
Monday, October 20, 2014 3:58:59 AM
The pin configuration of U1a ,U1b (as shown in circuit diagram) is not right . CAn you please send the right one
Electronic Stethoscope
Sunday, February 03, 2013 9:30:11 AM
efficient circuit. working good in all aspects
Electronic Stethoscope
Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:44:44 AM
sir would u please mention the cost and complete details of this project please..........
Electronic Stethoscope
Monday, November 14, 2011 8:50:17 AM
We made the stethoscope but instead of LM386 we used LM380 and instead of TL072 we used LM381 as in another book it was written so.. but in our output while using loudspeakers the volume is too low.. we didnt do the volume control part.. we attached an led in parallel wid speaker to check if the circuit is working, the led keeps on blinking but loudspeaker output is too low. also instead of a mic we used a crystal pick-up cartridge. do we need to shield cable the 3 wires from the pick-up cartridge? please respond asap! thanks!
mostafa zied
Electronic Stethoscope
Sunday, May 22, 2011 12:51:19 PM
i made this project and it all is working very good .But replace this mic with mobile phone mic this is very small in size and lower in noise....................thanx
Electronic Stethoscope
Monday, April 19, 2010 9:54:55 AM
i have done the project.its picking up sound.leds does't match with the heartbeat sound theres lot of buzz sound .and even i have altered it and added a counter to it.it working but the beats are not matching. suggest me something please
Electronic Stethoscope
Monday, March 01, 2010 8:21:51 AM
i have made the ckt but its not working and i have no idea about the battery which i have made is correct or not
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