After much research, I ended up purchasing a Littmann Classic II SE. However, once I received it and tried to listen to my own heartbeat, I could barely make it out. I had to strain to listen to it. I thought it would be very easy to hear and audible/loud, but it was pretty subtle. I know it may be that my heartbeat is more faint than others' as I haven't tried it out on other people yet. And yes, the earbuds were in the correct way and the ear pieces fit perfectly. I also made sure that the diaphragm was open and the bell was closed.
Could it be that I'm just not used to auscultating and picking up sounds yet? Or maybe my hearing? I've never thought that I had hearing problems at all..Also, if I end up changing stethoscopes I am thinking about getting the Cardiology III as many people have said that it is loud and clear but I am worried that even after the extra money, that it won't make a huge difference. Any suggestions/advice?
Green34 -- Yep, I tapped the diaphragm and could hear and.i put in the ear pieces as they should be (angled forward). I think it could also be that I expected to be hearing very clearly and loudly but what i am hearing is the normal volume maybe?
Last edit by parkj9 on Jul 4, '13
Green34 -- I looked up the apex and tried listening with my steth and as you mentioned, I did hear it the loudest (very thumpy). I re-tried listening to the aortic valve, where I had trouble hearing, and it seemed pretty audible. I was also able to hear some bowel sounds as it was right after I ate. So I'm guessing it wasn't a stethoscope problem but rather, me thinking that I was going to be hearing very loudly and clearly with the stethoscope. And also, it was probably because I haven't had much experience using the stethoscope and taking auscultations. Hopefully I'll be able to get used to hearing the sounds once I start in the fall and properly learn them. Thanks for your help!
I also have one last question. If this is about as loud as you'll normally hear, how would I be able to hear with distraction noises/in loud environments? Is it just getting used to recognizing the sounds and being able to find them in these situations?
Last edit by parkj9 on Jul 5, '13