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Nursing with a hearing loss: Yes you can!

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Donna Maheady has 38 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics, developmental disabilities.

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Does hearing loss automatically mean you can’t become a nurse? Or, end a career in nursing? The answer is often “No”. Read on to learn more about nursing students and nurses with hearing loss; and technology and supports that help them practice in a variety of settings. You are reading page 4 of Nursing with a hearing loss: Yes you can!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Hi I am a registered nurse-currently sussing out a stethoscope. I work in Aged Care field but looking to expand and hopefully enter into acute care nursing in the near future and then enter into studying for Midwifery in the new year. I am just wondering if anyone knows of any midwives that are hard of hearing and how they cope???

Thanks.

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LPN here and Deaf since birth. I have a Cochlear Implant and use a Cardionics E-Scope.

I am a Charge Nurse at a SNC/ LTC facility. The only Nurse on the floor for my shift.

I do it all. I broke through the barrier of "not possible", "..You can't be a nurse because you're Deaf...", and " ...you won't make it through nursing school..." and proved the nay sayers wrong when I walked across the stage and got my diploma and again when I passed the NCLEX exam.

So...to all that are hard of hearing and Deaf. YES YOU CAN! GO FOR IT! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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I worked about 3 years with a deaf nurse. And I tell ya she could work circles around a lot of the other nurses we worked with.

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heather7781 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Periop nursing.

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On 8/2/2015 at 12:25 PM, AshXCTF said:

Hello! I stumbled upon the article and found it interesting! I have moderate hearing loss- mixed. I 'lost' my hearing unexpectedly around the age of 5. I recently became a nurse at the age of 22 and have not had any issues (luckily) with hearing alarms, listening to lung/bowel sounds. When I started nursing school, I researched different stethoscopes and settled with the Littman Cardiology amplified steth. It has done wonders for me! With a normal stethoscope I can hear *some* sounds. With the amplified stethoscope, everything is so clear. They now make bluetooth capable stethoscopes and I think they can be compatible with bluetooth hearing aids. The only downside I have experienced in my one year of being a bedside nurse so far is that I have to take my hearing aids out to use the stethoscope. So I may miss something the patient is saying to me (But I read lips really well so I can usually catch up).

This article is great. At first I was a little intimidated when I began nursing school but there are resources out there and technology improves everyday! I have never had a negative experience with a coworker (A lot of them didn't know I wore hearing aids for months) or with a patient.

I have not been able to find a stethoscope that will Bluetooth to my aids. If you know of any will you please share that information?

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The Littman cardiology amplified, is that their electronic one? Your hearing sounds just like mine. I use the cardiology III currently and it's pretty good. But I'm looking for another as I'm in NP school and need to make sure I can hear subtle and soft sounds such as murmurs. Good to know there are people like us in the health care field!!🙌

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heather7781 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Periop nursing.

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But does it Bluetooth? I have electronic ones but I have to take my aids out to use them. 

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Its not .... I use open domes so I think that helps me to not have to take them out.

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