stethoscopes

  1. I seem to be having a hard time hearing with back ground noise and I was wondering if you with experience can recommend a stethoscope that amplifies well.

    Getting a tad frustrated. Can hear normal otherwise.

    Thanks,
    Jill
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Justus
    What kind of stethocope are you using now?
    I use one made by "Prestige Medical" (double tubes) it came with a variety of ear pieces. Perhaps if you simply change the ear piece it will help? Sorry, seems like a "duh" kind of answer but it made a differece for me.
  4. by   jam0601
    Mine is a prestige too. I have changed the ear pieces it that didn't help. I have also tried a few Littmans. Huge difference between nursing school and real world as far as listening.

    Thank you for your reply,
    Jill
  5. by   CyndiW35055
    Littmann Light is the only way to go or any other type of Littmann, good luck.
  6. by   Katnip
    stehoscopes don't actually amplify. They are made to block out ambient sounds. The best is to find a double lumen scope. There are two inside (one for each ear) and they are surrounded by an outside layer.

    I have used some of the lightweight Littmans, had a Classic SE II, and now have a Cardiology III. HUGE difference. The SE II was so-so. The cardiology III is the only one I can actually hear well with. I left if at home one day and had to use a spare the unit keeps around...a light weight...and I couldn't hear a thing.

    Everybody is different though, and I really believe that no one scope will suit everyone. Try to find a store that lets you try scopes out before you use them.

    Also, you should be trying to minimize background noise as much as possible anyway. Ask the patient to stop talking (difficult sometimes I know), turn off the television, the radio, whatever. If you have to, do the same with the roomate.
  7. by   Kudra
    i now use an Ultrascope and find the difference between that and my Littmans to be quite pronounced... the Ultrascope's a lot clearer for me...

    beth
  8. by   leslie :-D
    master littman cardiology-retails for around $200 but worth every single penny.
  9. by   mrdoc2005
    Quote from earle58
    master littman cardiology-retails for around $200 but worth every single penny.
    If you like the littman look on allheart.com The master is around 140
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from mrdoc2005
    If you like the littman look on allheart.com The master is around 140
    thanks dr. matt....i received mine as a gift a couple of years ago; hopefully it should last me for many, many years.
  11. by   tmiller027
    I'm starting school in the fall, and they have us get Spragues. Does anyone know if those are any good?
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Spragues are good, just very heavy and awkward, IMO. I can hear better w/ Sprague that I can w/ Littman. As a matter of fact, I am going to be selling my two Littmans, because I can't hear a darn thing with them!

    I am using a Thomas Medical scope now. Cheap, and good sound!
  13. by   critcarenurse16
    Quote from tmiller027
    I'm starting school in the fall, and they have us get Spragues. Does anyone know if those are any good?
    They are simple scopes. Invest in a good quality stethoscope; be sure to tag it with your name and don't let it out of your site. I've had a couple 'disappear'.
  14. by   movealong
    I used a Littman cardiology II scope and loved it. It sits in a drawer now since I don't do floor nursing anymore, but I hang onto it just in case. It was a present from a doctor I used to work for, quite a nice gift from her.

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