I am starting my nursing school
journey shortly. I am somewhat hearing impaired, I believe the hearing in my left ear is normal, but due to a facial birth defect involving my jaw & cheek bones and my ear & ear canal on the right side of my face, I only have slight hearing in my right ear.
I do not currently wear a hearing aid, have not since about 1st grade. I'm sure if I got evaluated I'd get one - but is it even possible to wear a hearing aid and still use a stethescope?
There has got to be some nurses out there that are somewhat hearing impaired, right? Just wondering what a good solution would be....any advice?
Jul 10, '04
You also may want to try the stethoscope w/o a hearing aid. One of my clinical instructors was able to use the stethoscope better without his hearing aids than with them. I'm not sure about exact percentage of his hearing loss, but I know it was up there. I would definately go Littman though. Speak to your PCP or, if your school has supportive services, I would speak to them too. Let me know what winds up working for you. I'm kind of curious.
P. S. I think he said something about having less problems with feedback without the hearing aids, but again, I'm not sure about the specs on his hearing loss or on his hearing aids.
Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Jul 10, '04
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