Hello. I'm a 29-year-old work-at-home (medical transcription x 7 years) of two little ones. I have 2 years of college, but I'm on the waiting list to get into nursing. My question is that I had a tumor removed from my right ear when I was 12, which resulted in virtual complete hearing loss in that ear as everything was removed as the tumor encased it all. I have minimal hearing in that ear, presumably somehow through the mastoid bone. My other ear is fine.
I've always been interested in medicine, orginally wanted to be a doctor until family priorities changed my thinking on that one (no thanks to 10 years or so in school!), so now I would like to go into nursing. I always have had good grades (As and Bs) so I'm not concerned at all with the academic aspect, but I am worried that my hearing loss in the one ear might make nursing not feasible? I hate to hear that it would, but do obviously need to know... I've learned of course how to compensate easily for the loss, i.e. making sure I stand on the right of a person, etc., but have been concerned about how it may affect hearing breath sounds or heart sounds, blood pressure, etc. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks!