Hearing loss, please help - page 2

I have an extensive history with hearing loss that began in early childhood. Related to chronic infections, scar tissue, surgery, failed tubes, on and on. My right here had been ok. Left ear is... Read More

  1. by   Hoosier_RN
    Quote from DowntheRiver
    In any Urgent Care I have worked at they have always done BP manually. No room for machines and more accurate readings (in my opinion).
    only as accurate as the persons hearing. I'm hearing impaired at some tone ranges
  2. by   silverbat
    I obtained an amplified stethoscope thru Vocational Rehabilitation. No charge. There should be a voc rehab in most towns or in one nearby. I went, filled out paperwork and it was approved.
  3. by   deafnurseintx
    I'm legally deaf, have been since childhood. Profound in my right, mild-severe sloping loss in my left (as in, it's a mild loss at some frequencies and severe in others) and I wear a hearing aid on my left, and my right ear is too deaf to be aided. I use an electronic amplified stethoscope. I am 100% oral with some lipreading, and do not sign.

    I am also an RN, have been for 8 years, and I am currently in L&D, and am in school to be a FNP. It is possible to be in the medical field with a hearing loss. I definitely think you should get in with an audiologist and at least consider an amplified stethoscope, since that seems to be the only area where you seem to struggle. I use a Littmann 3100 stethoscope and it is LOUD. It has 10 volume settings and I use it at level 4-6 depending on the day (level 1 is like 2x amplification). It costs $300-400 depending on where you purchase it from. Much less expensive than a hearing aid.

    However, Costco has very good hearing aids for a very good price if that is something that you need. I do recommend you check your insurance closely. Mine actually covers my hearing aid up to a certain price.

    I also recommend hooking up with your local vocational rehab. They can help you with the costs of any equipment you need to do your job.

    Please don't feel like a hearing loss is the end of the world. It really isn't. There are many accommodations that can be made, through your job, vocational rehab, or even your health insurance. And please don't be ashamed. That implies that hearing loss is shameful, and it's not. The completely-in-canal (CIC) super discreet ones are very expensive and honestly, don't work all that well. I had one for years and honestly, didn't notice a difference when I was wearing it vs not. My mini behind the ear (BTE) works very well and is very discreet. The BTE part is hidden by the pinna of my ear and my hair, and it just has a little wire going into my ear canal, not a big tube. Most people don't know I have it.