i am a hearing-impaired nursing student. i have severe-to-profound hearing loss and wear bilateral bte hearing aids. i have since i was 3. i have about 10% hearing left in both ears. i communicate very well with the use of lip-reading; i am unable to use the telephone.
i'm in my first semester of nursing school and i'm starting to face the reality of possibly not being able to be hired due to my limitations. most hospitals seem to have a nurse telephone system in place (ie. for md orders, sbar communication, etc. etc.). also, i'm unable to use a stethoscope to assess heart and lung sounds so this poses as a problem. currently, i'm trying to think about areas of nursing that i can go into that will eliminate my use of a stethoscope or telephone in order to do my job effectively. i have heard that some hearing-impaired nurses work in the or, but i wouldn't be able to understand what was being said due to the wearing of surgical masks. are there effective ways to overcome these limitations in the healthcare setting/hospital? i'm mostly worried that i won't be able to be hired or keep my job because i don't have the tools as a fully-functioning rn would.
if anyone has any advice or information for me, it would be much appreciated.