Hi everyone, I am a nursing student that suffers from moderate hearing loss. My primary challenge is communication, as I haven't noticed any issues hearing bowel, lung, or heart sounds. To overcome these challenges I wear bilateral hearing aids, which have helped tremendously with communication, and I also chose to purchase an electronic stethoscope as a precaution. Since these purchases, I have little to no difficulty performing my daily tasks and communicating with my patients and any other members of their care team.
My question is for those who also wear hearing aids, and how you adjust when using your stethoscope. I've tried removing my hearing aids each time, which felt not only tedious, but I was also concerned about damaging or losing them; I've tried removing just one, so I was still able to converse comfortably with my patient if necessary, and so there was less of a chance of losing one; and I've also worn my stethoscope earpiece over my aids, which only works if I turn up my stethoscope volume to its max because my microphone is behind my ear, rather than in the ear canal. This also gets quite painful if I take too long with my assessment, and the sound is still not as clear as it is without them. There really aren't any other options for me due to the fact that my hearing aid manufacturer (oticon) has not yet released a wireless receiver, and I've already spent so much on my stethoscope (a Littman master cardiology with an eko core attachment) that I can't really justify or afford purchasing one that can use large headphones.
Do anyone of you have experience with similar situations? How have you managed? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance!