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Stethoscope, hearing issue r/t eartube angle

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by NWeaver1982 NWeaver1982 (New Member) New Member

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I have purchased two different Littmann stethoscopes, currently using the veterinary one (I'm massively tall, needed the length). Both had the angled eartubes. When I place the eartips in my ears with the proper forward angle, the right side stops conducting sound after about 10 seconds. This occurred on both scopes, so it is probably not a defective tube or chestpiece. It seems as though the Littmanns come with the largest possible earbuds already (bought a pack with large and small to compare, the included ones were large already). I'm convinced that my ear opening is just too big and the earbuds are sliding farther in than is expected, obstructing sound (strange that it only happens on the right and not the left though). No instructor or medical supply place has been able to give any good advice, and I'm struggling to assess everything stethoscope related. I've stretched them out as much as I can to remove the tension, and even tried to bend them back to a more perpendicular angle to my head, but I'm a little scared of ruining them. Nothing has worked. Anyone dealt with this and have some semester-saving advice? Thanks.

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Crash_Cart has 11 years experience and specializes in ER OR LTC Code Blue Trauma Dog.

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Have you tried to contact Littmann? 

 1-800-228-3957

 

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Yep. They were the ones who mentioned default size on stethoscopes was large, then I double checked. Guess I'm looking for someone who has either  dealt with this directly, or has experience with professional (or experienced) ear tube bending, or any other solution that can be provided. Just so sick of falling behind due to being a mountain of a man. :(

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At the risk of being annoying (no intent to discourage you further by giving  a very basic answer), but - - have you had a medical provider examine your ears (including possibly your hearing)? Even something like a bit of wax build up on that side could possibly produce the effects you are experiencing. People also have other causes of reduced hearing in only one ear, or may have tinnitus or other problems in only one ear.

I just mention it because it seems less likely that only one of your ear canals would be big enough to produce this effect and not the other (if ear canal size or overall size were the issue), and it sounds like you have covered other some of the other possibilities pretty well already.

No direct experience, just trying to help.

Good luck to you ~

Oh. PS: Have you tried a variety of brands of scopes? What happens with the throw-aways, for example? Or the basic Spragues?

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