OK, so I'm an older student, but I didn't think my hearing was going already. I have the American Diagnostic Corp, school issued scope. And I got a Littmann Cardio III scope because I read that a better scope will help me to hear and learn.
So, today we hauled them out for the first time and I really can hardly hear anything. I hear a faint beat in the chest, but next to nothing when I'm at the brachial for a BP and nothing when I listen for bowel sounds. I have to really concentrate and it has to be very quiet in the room for me to hear anything at all. Surprisingly, what I thought of as the inferior school scope is slightly louder.
OK, so.....I have the earpieces in my ears the right way, I have the scope head turned so it is "on", I changed out earpeices to see if that would help. I seem to be able to hear room conversations through the scope diaphram better than I can hear body sounds.
My teacher said that I need to "tune out" other noise and once I learn what to listen for, I will be able to do that. How can I learn to listen to it if I can't hear it? When I hear recorded heart sounds, they seem much louder than what I'm hearing myself.
Another suggestion from my instructor is to get an amplified scope, but they are very expensive (and I already have bought 2 scopes) and if I'm doing something wrong with these, I'd rather not pay out more money.
Any ideas? Thanks