UK Health Professionals with Hearing Loss
Deaf and hard of hearing people working and training in health professions
I would like to buy an amplified stethoscope.
I’m not a supplier. Do read my posts about stethoscopes to help you work out what is good for you try first. If you’d like some advice following that, feel free to contact me.
You may prefer to use the contact form rather than comments. I’ll need some information about your hearing and any aids or implants you use. So you may prefer the privacy of the contact form that comes direct to me.
I am about to start a midwifery course in September but I am worrying about the whole stethoscope thing.
I wear two hearing aids and I am able to hear without them but only slightly. I already work in a mental health unit and have tried out the manual ones which confirmed that I cant really hear out of them, it is very faint in a quite room, so with added background noise I wont be able to hear.
What would you suggest is the best one? I would prefer to keep my hearing aids in as I dont have alot of confidence with people knowing I have them and wouldn’t want to miss anything.
There are a few things to take into account to work out the best set-up for you. There are various possibilities. It’s much easier to advise when I know about your hearing and aids. Otherwise I have to go into detail about everything.
• What is the pattern and degree of your hearing loss? If you have an audiogram you can photo/scan and send me, that’s easiest. If not, is your hearing poor in the low frequencies? ie 250-3000Hz, the left-hand side of the audiogram. And how poor is it at those frequencies? ie how many dB loss – how far down on the audiogram?
• I need some information about your hearing aids:
o Are they behind the ear, in the ear, completely in canal? See photos in this leaflet: https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/-/media/ahl/documents/publications/factsheets-and-leaflets/leaflets/getting-hearing-aids-leaflet.pdf
o Do they have earmoulds or open-fit (ie domes?) Photos on same leaflet and I’ll email you a photo that shows domes more clearly.
o If earmoulds, do they have vents? Look at the bit of the earmould that goes in your ear. Are there two holes or only one? If two, one has the tube and the other is a vent. Sorry, I don’t think I have a photo on the website yet so I’ll email one to you.
I’ve emailed this reply to you but have posted it here too so others know what the factors to take into account are.
By the way, loads of us have found it’s way better to let people know you have a hearing loss. It makes a really big difference. I’ve written about it at http://hphl.org.uk/being-up-front .
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