Hearing Loss and ER nurse

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    Hi all! I want to become an ER nurse. That's my dream! I'm applying to nursing school in August. My only concern is that I have hearing loss and hearing aids. I'm concerned about having to take out my hearing aids to listen to my stethoscope and then put them back in to hear the patient/my colleagues. Is there anyone on here who also has hearing loss and is an ER nurse, or knows someone who is? What ways have you found to help you cope? Please help. I don't want my hearing loss to keep me from my dream!

    Thank you!
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    Hey you can become anything you want!
    Yes you can be a good nurse even if you have hearing loss!
    if stethoscope is your only concern then look into this site they have special stethoscope for people with hearing loss
    Cardionics EScope Amplified Stethoscopes for Hearing Impaired Deaf, Hearing Loss, Sign Language Products | HarrisCommunications
    its little expensive but hey at least your following your dreams!
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    You absolutely can be a successful RN with hearing difficulty! We have a ED physician with severe, but not total hearing loss. He uses a special stethescope with amplified sound, to headphones. Even if you had to take out your hearing aids and put them back it, what ever works for you!!
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    I have two hearing aides. The state of NJ paid for hearing aides and a special stereoscopic.It is very expensive but you can hook it up to a EKG below is the site where you can get the one like I have the Escope


    COPE WITH SCOPES: Stethoscopes and Hearing Aids What are the Options? Rebecca Morris, President, Effective Communication Solutions, Inc. AudiologyOnline
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    My best friend has a hearing deficiency and wears hearing aids she's an ER nurse. There are specialized molds that can be made for stethoscopes to accommodate hearing aids. She just slips hers out and pockets them prior to using her scope (she has small canals and has a HARD time getting hearing aids to fit let alone the molds to fit correctly)
    I have another nurse with total hearing loss in one ear so she compensated with the other.
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    I worked with a deaf paramedic. He had a special stethoscope and was one of the best. This will not slow you down. Press on, full speed ahead!
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    Thank you all for your responses and support! You've really put my worries at ease.
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    I worked with an ER nurse who used hearing aides. I admit, there were some moments when giving report that she seemed unfocused- she couldnt hear my softer voice. But she is a really GOOD nurse. You got this!
    fhgrl123 likes this.
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    Doctors don't have hearing problems like the rest of us. They just don't listen.
    canoehead likes this.
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    Quote from Sh0rtyking
    Hey you can become anything you want!
    Yes you can be a good nurse even if you have hearing loss!
    if stethoscope is your only concern then look into this site they have special stethoscope for people with hearing loss
    Cardionics EScope Amplified Stethoscopes for Hearing Impaired Deaf, Hearing Loss, Sign Language Products | HarrisCommunications
    its little expensive but hey at least your following your dreams!
    I use it...works great...I have profound deafness in both ear


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