Quote from pugmom79
I am a new grad and just passed my boards and was very lucky to be offered a job right away. It is on an oncology floor and I am excited! I don't have the best hearing and want to invest in a new stethoscope. I was looking at the Littman master cardiology and the cardiology 3. Any input on these would be wonderful. I have a hard time hearing some heart sounds, but can usually hear lung sounds pretty well. I am leaning towards the master cardiology, but is it worth the money?
Any insight would be much appreciated!
I have a a Cardiology 3. Personally, I don't know that I'd recommend that particular one if you are worried about having a hard time hearing. The reason I have this one is because I worked in cardiology. My understanding is that it was meant to pick up "fine tunes" like heart murmurs, etc. Not meant for volume. When I went from my old classic littman to this one I almost thought it was broke because I couldn't hear BP sounds well. (Its not broke because I have 2 and they're both the same.) It took a long time getting used to and I have good hearing! If you have a hard time hearing, it will be hard to use. A few weeks ago I happend to use my co-worker's who had the littman master cardiology and I was blown away how much louder it was for checking a BP. I would think it would be good for getting a BP, and GI/Lung sounds. You'll hear the S1 and S2 sounds no problem. If all you are after is loud volume for now, I'd go with the Littman Master Cardiology if it were me. Also just keep in mind, stethoscopes tend to get lost and get stolen. Invest in a tag when you buy it!