Best stethoscopes to use w/behind the ear hearing aids?

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    I am a 43 year old female RN w/familial high frequency hearing loss. I work in an acute care setting. There are certain sounds, particularly in my work environment, that I cannot hear or have trouble with so I have decided it's time to invest in hearing aids.

    I was really excited to trial the Lyric hearing aids, but found that I could not tolerate my stethoscope ear pieces in my ears with them in place. I was told by my audiologist that I would then require bilateral BTE hearing aids for my particular hearing loss. I have been trying out "top of the line" $6500/pair Oticon hearing aids. I generally like them, but am having trouble with my stethoscope, a Littman Cardiology II. I have been removing the hearing aids to do my assessments, but I am afraid I will lose them and that's also a hassle.

    Can anyone suggest a good stethoscope for use w/BTE hearing aids? Anything you tried that really didn't work?

    Thank you.
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    Quote from rnfostermom
    I am a 43 year old female RN w/familial high frequency hearing loss. I work in an acute care setting. There are certain sounds, particularly in my work environment, that I cannot hear or have trouble with so I have decided it's time to invest in hearing aids.

    I was really excited to trial the Lyric hearing aids, but found that I could not tolerate my stethoscope ear pieces in my ears with them in place. I was told by my audiologist that I would then require bilateral BTE hearing aids for my particular hearing loss. I have been trying out "top of the line" $6500/pair Oticon hearing aids. I generally like them, but am having trouble with my stethoscope, a Littman Cardiology II. I have been removing the hearing aids to do my assessments, but I am afraid I will lose them and that's also a hassle.

    Can anyone suggest a good stethoscope for use w/BTE hearing aids? Anything you tried that really didn't work?

    Thank you.
    Hi!
    I just found this from one post here,check on it.http://www.amphl.org/stethoscopes.php
    Might be of help by reading.
    Good luck!
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    I have the same issue- I use BTE hearing aids and have to take them out every time I want to use my stethoscope. I have discussed this with my audiologist and so far I haven't found a viable alternative that works with my type of loss. It's inconvenient, but still worthwhile, nonetheless. I'm an unemployed new grad, but when I was in nursing school I just tucked them in a deep pocket in my scrubs when I wasn't wearing them. I do worry about losing them though, since they are sooo expensive. I don't even know if this exists, but scrubs with a zippered pocket would be very helpful. If you find a better solution please post it! Good luck!
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    Hi! I'm just starting nursing school and I have BTE hearing aids and am nervous about using the stethoscope. I bought an amplified electronic stethoscope because I have found that I have to take the hearing aids out when I use the stethoscope. I'm kinda freaking out so it was reassuring to find these posts. It looks like these are old posts but I was wondering how you guys are doing now and how you deal with the hearing aids and stethoscope. Also how do you deal with keeping your hearing aids clean? Thanks!!
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    Hello.... I might need to get a hearing aid soon.... what does BTE stand for? Is that the brand name?? How do you like it??
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    mcdebb
    BTE = Behind The Ear.
    I take mine out when I am in a room for a few hours (I work in a Burn ICU and the inidividual rooms are cranked up to 90 degrees F and boy do I perspire) so I take them both out and place them in a sealable bag that came with them.
    I am hoping to get the okay to be able to use my own amplified stethoscope in the BICU - just waiting for the audiologist to write a letter explaining to ID that I need them. Shouldn't be a problem as I will clean them before I enter the room and again when I leave at the end of my shift.
    Good luck


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