Cochlear implants

Some stethoscopes can be connected to a cochlear implant with accessories such as direct audio input cable or telecoil or via an FM or Bluetooth streamer and some have visual display. Headphones with a good low frequency response can be worn over a BTE processor.

You may need to ask your audiologist to set up a stethoscope programme on your processor to filter out the higher frequencies and boost the low frequencies for heart and lung sounds. But even so, implants may not extend to the lowest frequencies needed to recognise some heart sounds. Some cochlear implants have a better low frequency response than others, so this is something to take into account if you are still at assessment stage and have a choice of implants.

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Which stethoscope? Comparison chart.

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