Hi all! I absolutely LOVE this site and stalk many threads!
I start an ADN program in the fall and am very excited! Other then the killer studies and gruesome clinicals, I am worried about listening for lung and gastric sounds on my E-scope. I received my Cardionics E-Scope two weeks ago and yesterday received a map on my Implant that works with the stethoscope only. The audiologist that gave me my map said that she had only seen about 7 patients getting this E-Scope. This concerns me because I went to a adult hearing and speech program that is in the top 3 in the nation. I am a deaf cochlear implant user of 19 years (I'm 23 now) and my hearing is within the speech banana. I currently work at a local hospital as a nurse tech and do well, so I am not concerned about communicating with patients or fellow coworkers. However, I am concerned about how I will decipher these sounds with the E-scope. I am aware that I must master the skill of deciphering these sounds or I will not pass the program. I have been practicing with it today and noticed that I can hear the heartbeat on the right side of the patients body when using the lung mode. Is this normal for the regular stethoscope users? Do you experience some interference when there is movement of the patients body or of the stethoscope cord? Does deciphering and even hearing all of the sounds come with experience? Does anyone have experience with this specific device or know of anyone who does? Sorry for all of the questions...I wish I could have a day of normal hearing just so I could compare the two! Thank goodness I have until August 20th to get this down! Thanks for the help!