Open fitting BTE aids

Open fitting hearing aids have very narrow tubing and small domes that sit deep in the external canal. The domes don’t occlude the canal so you aren’t limited by the hearing aids’ own poor low-frequency response.

Some people are fine using normal stethoscope earpieces. Check you can hear through the stethoscope and the domes aren’t occluding the stethoscope ear tips. And check the domes and fine tubing aren’t being damaged. If this doesn’t work for you, use one of the options for BTEs with standard moulds.

Use an electronic stethoscope if you need amplification at low frequencies.

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.

Other information:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Which stethoscope? Comparison chart.

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