hard of hearing to RN - page 2

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Hi, I have a slight hearing problem, i don't wear hearing aids although I probably should. My question is. After a dr. sees a patient Do they write down the orders and then you follow them? Or do they verbally relay them to you... Read More


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    I have a Sensorineural hearing loss. I can hear much better when someone is facing me. So far I've not needed a note taker, however with the fast pace of Anatomy and Organic Chem coming in the Fall 05 I am comsidering asking for a note taker this year for those two classes. Thanks for all of the adivce. Oh I also plan on buy the enhansed stethescope too.
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    Quote from KayPea
    Although it won't slow down a hearing loss, it might allow for intervention if the loss is correctable.

    That's really neat about your experiences with the hard of hearing/deaf people in your classes. Cochlear Implants are very helpful for many people. I believe you are talking about an FM system? benefitting from Real Time Captioning and it's really terrific that she had that kind of accomodation!
    I stand corrected! Thanks for catching it.

    My classmate actually had a typist that was her Caption/Typist (this is a service rarely available t/o the US, but at the U of AZ they have several of these individuals that attend class w/them. The woman that was her "Caption Catcher" joked about how she has followed many individuals thoughout their school careers & would probably have gotten at least 5 "Honorary" degrees (if they were to award her any)! I don't recall the Prof wearing a microphone though.

    OP: take any & all extra help that you qualify for! School is hard enough as it is. Don't make it any harder on yourself. My grades have shot up b/c of the accomidations that I have.
    ~MJ
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    Wow, thanks, it's very refreshing. I do want everyone on here to understand that I am not deaf, not even close. I just have trouble understanding somethings people say, like fifty and sixty sound alike to me. Sometimes people do talk too low and it looks like they are moving their mouths and not really speaking but that is rare. I'm just nervous because my hearing isn't the "normal". But, I've gotten along all my life like this. I"ve had many demanding jobs, just not one where peoples lives were at stake, that's why I question my ability. I know I'm smart enough and caring enough, I just wondered if my hearing was enough. For instance, I would never work in ER, it's too demanding for someone with such a hearing loss. But, as a floor nurse I think I'll be just fine. But, I still want all the advice and web sites like the one above to keep me inspired. So please keep on sending your two cents it's all welcome. Tks, LaDonna
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    As a person with profound sensori-neural hearing loss in both ears, I'm shocked you haven't paid a visit to a licensed audiologist yet for assessment.

    You are struggling needlessly and in a setting where you are dealing with people's lives, it's your responsibility to complete your job to the best of your ability. That includes employing the tools you need to do your job correctly. I view my HAs as a tool and as much as I hate their presence, they've made my life a lot easier.

    For what it's worth, I know of a girl that works as an ER nurse.
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    Quote from Pvt. Parts
    As a person with profound sensori-neural hearing loss in both ears, I'm shocked you haven't paid a visit to a licensed audiologist yet for assessment.

    You are struggling needlessly and in a setting where you are dealing with people's lives, it's your responsibility to complete your job to the best of your ability. That includes employing the tools you need to do your job correctly. I view my HAs as a tool and as much as I hate their presence, they've made my life a lot easier.

    For what it's worth, I know of a girl that works as an ER nurse.


    I have seen a licensed audiologist many times in my life. And once again I've said I get along just fine without hearing aids and much worse with them. I asked a simple question on here and surly didn't expect a reply such as yours. Just because you have a hearing loss yourself dosen't mean mine is as bad as yours or that I need or can even use hearing aids. I think after 42 years of living and 20 of them with a hearing loss, I would know by now if hearing aids would help. My question on here was not about getting hearing aids, some people can wear them some cannot. I'm one of those that cannot. I happy for you that you can, but you made me feel like I was doing something terribly wrong by now wearing hearing aids. Believe me, if they would help, I would wear them in a heartbeat.
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    Quote from nursingyoursoul
    I have seen a licensed audiologist many times in my life. And once again I've said I get along just fine without hearing aids and much worse with them. I asked a simple question on here and surly didn't expect a reply such as yours. Just because you have a hearing loss yourself dosen't mean mine is as bad as yours or that I need or can even use hearing aids. I think after 42 years of living and 20 of them with a hearing loss, I would know by now if hearing aids would help. My question on here was not about getting hearing aids, some people can wear them some cannot. I'm one of those that cannot. I happy for you that you can, but you made me feel like I was doing something terribly wrong by now wearing hearing aids. Believe me, if they would help, I would wear them in a heartbeat.
    I think what is being said is there is technology available now which might help you whereas it wasn't available years ago. But this isn't known unless there has been a recent evaluation (you haven't said when it was that you last checked into hearing aids).
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    You are right, it's been about two months since I checked into hearing aids.
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    My bad, I missed the part where you said you've been checked out by an audiologist.

    You must have a very slight hearing loss if you've been able to get by -- a world of difference from my predicament.
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    Quote from nursingyoursoul
    Hi, I have a slight hearing problem, i don't wear hearing aids although I probably should. My question is. After a dr. sees a patient Do they write down the orders and then you follow them? Or do they verbally relay them to you first. I know I can do this but, I'm scared. I worry constantly that I wont hear something, and that I'll mess something up because I didn't hear it right. Any advice?
    This is my particular problem: a central auditory processing loss. I have been checked out by an ENT and an audiologist. I have borderline hearing but do not yet need hearing aids. The quickest way to describe it is that my brain receives all sounds at the same level and therefore can't pick one out to focus on. At lunch in the cafeteria, if several of us are talking, with all the background noise, I have a great deal of trouble following the conversation.

    So, I have adapted by getting an electronic stethoscope to take the stress out of evaluating VS. As well, the people who know me well in school (profs and students), make certain I haven't missed someting important. And in my work as a part-time Patient Care Attendant, when I pick up a call from Hematology, Microbiology, Blood gas whatever and they are transmitting results, I ALWAYS repeat the information..and nobody has ever been annoyed by this. That being said, for most of my daily activities, it isn't a problem...and I have done well and this shouldn't make things difficult for you in school. Good luck! Hope this helps.


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