RIC and RTE aids

These haven’t been around as long as other types of hearing aids so I don’t know so much about them yet. If your RIC aids are open fitting, you have the same options as with open fitting BTEs. I would think there’s more chance of stethoscope ear pieces damaging the receivers so headphones may be a better option.

As far as I’m aware, RTEs aren’t open fit, so the options will be the same as with standard BTEs. It may be worth trying Steth-O-Mates (sized for ITE aids) though I’m not sure whether the wire may get in their way.

Please let me know how you get on setting up stethoscopes with RICs and RTEs. Thank you.

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.
  • 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.

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