If your hearing impairment is suitable for open fit hearing aids, these may be easier to use with a stethoscope. If you have standard ear moulds, one option is simply to flip out the ear moulds, leaving the aids hooked over your ears. If the aids keep slipping off, you can use toupee tape or little stickies to stick the aids to your head or ear at the beginning of the day.
Or purpose-built ear moulds can be made for your hearing aids, that will accept a stethoscope tip.
Either of these options can work with a standard stethoscope, or with an electronic stethoscope if you need amplification at low frequencies.
Some electronic stethoscopes can be used with headphones. You may need to try different models if you’re having problems with feedback or with too much background noise. A dedicated “stethoscope” programme on your hearing aids might help with this. It should filter out the frequencies higher than heart and lung sounds.
- Have you read the essential safety information: “limitations of hearing aids and implants?”
- Consider funding
- Arrange a trial period
- And see how your audiogram matches up to heart and lung sounds to find out whether you need amplification or not.
- If the spring in other stethoscope arms is so strong you find it uncomfortable, try the Thinklabs ds32a+ which has adjustable arms. I haven’t handled one myself yet so do let me know if you try this and how you get on. Thanks.
- Don’t forget, hearing aids don’t usually reproduce the low frequencies well. So if you’re using earpieces, custom moulds or headphones over hearing aids you also need vents in your ear moulds or open fitting.
- Certain electronic stethoscopes can link to hearing aids using accessories such as the T switch, direct audio input (DAI) cables or even FM or Bluetooth if your hearing aids have these facilities. However it is better to use earpieces or headphones if possible to avoid the problem of poor low frequency reproduction.
Which stethoscope? Comparison chart.