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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... Read More

  1. Visit  nursingyoursoul profile page
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    Quote from RoxanRN2003
    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
  2. Visit  Pvt. Parts profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  RoxanRN profile page
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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).
  5. Visit  nursingyoursoul profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  Never_too_late profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  BabyRN2Be profile page
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    I understand what you are going through. My bachelor's is in Speech-language pathology so I have some experience working with audiology pts. People do not understand that hearing aids do not do for the ears as glasses do for the eyes. With glasses, you just put them on and your vision is corrected for the most part. With hearing aids, you have to work with them and the background noise from the older hearing aids was very frustrating.

    I do suggest that you go and look at hearing aids with the newer technology. It's just that once you get a job chances are that you'll have to go through your facility's employee health screening. If your hearing isn't up to their standards, you may end up having to wear hearing aids to be able to work at that facility.
  9. Visit  nursingyoursoul profile page
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    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I understand what you are going through. My bachelor's is in Speech-language pathology so I have some experience working with audiology pts. People do not understand that hearing aids do not do for the ears as glasses do for the eyes. With glasses, you just put them on and your vision is corrected for the most part. With hearing aids, you have to work with them and the background noise from the older hearing aids was very frustrating.

    I do suggest that you go and look at hearing aids with the newer technology. It's just that once you get a job chances are that you'll have to go through your facility's employee health screening. If your hearing isn't up to their standards, you may end up having to wear hearing aids to be able to work at that facility.
    Well, I've been toying with the idea of getting some very tiny in the ear aids. The other type hurt my ears so bad it's not even fuuny. But, not long ago on the web somewhere I read this artical on the removal of a certain gene that allows for dead nerve fibers to regrow. It's been tested on animals and found to be very positive. However, it will be several years before it's allowed on humans. But, believe me, I will be the first in line when the testing is ready. But, you are so right on the money with the glasses vs. the hearing aids. You would think with todays technology that they would be above and beyound what a person could expect. So I say, take my gene and let me hear again!
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    Quote from nursingyoursoul
    Well, I've been toying with the idea of getting some very tiny in the ear aids. The other type hurt my ears so bad it's not even fuuny. But, not long ago on the web somewhere I read this artical on the removal of a certain gene that allows for dead nerve fibers to regrow. It's been tested on animals and found to be very positive. However, it will be several years before it's allowed on humans. But, believe me, I will be the first in line when the testing is ready. But, you are so right on the money with the glasses vs. the hearing aids. You would think with todays technology that they would be above and beyound what a person could expect. So I say, take my gene and let me hear again!
    Wow, that's going to be some awesome technology to have around some day! I know of many, MANY people who would benefit from something like that, and I hope that YOU will be able to take advantage of this!! I'm sending great thoughts your way that this will happen!!

    When I got my bachelor's and they made the analogy of eyeglasses and hearing aids, I found it interesting. I never knew that. When my dad got hearing aids I told him the same thing and he agreed with me after he had them for a little while. They were just really frustating for him to use. That's the problem with the older hearing aids, people wouldn't use them because they wouldn't "fix" the problems much like glasses do for the eyes.

    Hopefully with the newer technology, they will be easier to use and wear.

    Good luck to you! I hope that one day you will benefit from this new gene therapy one day!
  11. Visit  Pvt. Parts profile page
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    Quote from nursingyoursoul
    Well, I've been toying with the idea of getting some very tiny in the ear aids. The other type hurt my ears so bad it's not even fuuny. But, not long ago on the web somewhere I read this artical on the removal of a certain gene that allows for dead nerve fibers to regrow. It's been tested on animals and found to be very positive. However, it will be several years before it's allowed on humans. But, believe me, I will be the first in line when the testing is ready. But, you are so right on the money with the glasses vs. the hearing aids. You would think with todays technology that they would be above and beyound what a person could expect. So I say, take my gene and let me hear again!
    I spoke with a man at the House Ear Institute in L.A. on that very subject last summer because it had piqued my interest too. He said it's 10+ years out.
  12. Visit  nursingyoursoul profile page
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    Quote from Pvt. Parts
    I spoke with a man at the House Ear Institute in L.A. on that very subject last summer because it had piqued my interest too. He said it's 10+ years out.

    Well that's a long time from now, but we really wont know until it happens. But, what I did read about it on the next made it sound like no more than five years. And who knows, maybe another country will make it happen over in their neck of the woods sooner and I'll just fly there and have it done. (DREAMING) But, still it's an awsome piece of information to know it's even in the making. I wish this for every deaf and HOH person. But you know, it's a noisy world out there and I don't hear a lot of it to the extent that someone with normal hearing would hear daily so that could be hard to get use to as well. But atleast I could hear normal again. :chuckle
  13. Visit  KayPea profile page
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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.
    First of all I want to say good for you for pursuing a career in nursing. I cannot agree with your comments more.

    To nursingyoursoul: As I mentioned in my other post, hearing aids have come a long way in recent years. My advice is if you are still struggling to hear you need to get a second opinion. Also, make sure this is a qualified audiologist. Also, the audiologist may give you some advice regarding other accomodations that can be employed if hearing aids are not appropriate for you. Certainly appropriate seating in your classes (at the front) is a must to aid with hearing and speechreading. If hearing aids are hurting your ears, there is something definitely wrong. It probably means that the hearing aids were set too loud and that perhaps the audiologist was too aggressive in his/her treatment. If you are struggling with background noise, you should discuss this with your audiologist.

    It is right that hearing aids are not like glasses. Hearing aids amplify the sound but do not "correct" the problem in the same way. With sensorineural hearing loss, there is a clarity problem as well as a decrease in volume. So the hearing aids are amplifying the sound so that the person can detect the sounds, but not hearing the same way as a person with normal hearing. This is one reason why we use an FM system with students in school. The FM system reduces the effect of background noise and also the distance factor between the teacher and student. However, in saying all that, hearing aids ARE being changed to compensate for background noise and there are different settings, sometimes even with a remote to adjust your listening options.

    I would discourage people from looking for a cure for their hearing instead of seeking out proper accomodation/intervention. I haven't heard of the gene research that you mentioned, but that is a long way from coming into play. I know they are researching the Connex 26 gene, the most common cause for genetic deafness, at the Hospital for Sick Children in T.O.

    What people need to do imho is to look at the here and now. What do you need to be able to get through nursing school and also to be the most effective nurse possible? I can't know what is right for an individual, but certainly people should thoroughly investigate what help is available for his/her individual situation, and then act on it. Cover all the bases so to speak.
    Last edit by KayPea on Aug 11, '05


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