I started nursing school
at the end of August and have been trying to get a stethoscope. I've been getting the run-around, though! It's not their faults. They're just not familiar with my disability. I had a congenital cholesteatoma discovered at age 3 that required several surgeries between the ages of 4 and 9. I was left with little hearing in my right ear, an almost completely absent ear canal, a small what you could call eardrum constructed from one of my ossicles (lost the others). I have coped and adapted with my hearing loss for 20 years and just recently got a behind the ear hearing aid for my right ear. I had to get it so I could meet the minimum hearing requirements for nurses (and it has already improved my life).So, I need a stethoscope now. I can not take out my hearing aid. There is such a large hole that I would be opening my patients and myself for infection. What type of stethoscope can I get that will work for me?Here's what I've found during my research:Modify a binaural stethoscope to make the earpiece fit in the ear mold vent on the BTE-worried I won't hear sounds well enoughGet an electronic stethoscope that I can plug headphones into-I would have to wear HUGE headphones to not get feedback from my BTE (methinks)My audiologist told me to ask my professors. I spoke to several professors and they have no idea what I should do. I'd love to contact AMPHLS but I do not have the money to become a subscriber and their stethoscope overview was thorough but did not address my specific problem.thank you for any help/suggestions you can offer.