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Taking Vital Signs

Professionals in the healthcare field may need accommodation due to hearing loss to assist with taking patients' vital signs.

Amplified Stethoscope

Provided the individual benefits from amplification, she may be able to use an electronic amplified stethoscope to listen to respiration, heart and other body sounds. Amplified stethoscopes are commonly used in noisy environments like emergency rooms. There are times when a person who uses a hearing aid may have difficulty using a stethoscope due to the aid. Most professionals do not want to take their hearing aids out every time they want to use the stethoscope. In this case, the individual may be able to benefit from the use of a specially made earmold, a walkman-style headset that can be plugged into the stethoscope or direct audio input.

Graphic Auscultation System

To visualize heart sounds, the individual may be able to use a graphic auscultation system offered by Blood Line Technology. The device allows the individual to record and visualize the heart sounds on a hand held portable graphic display. The digitized heart sounds can be frozen on the display, printed and analyzed for symptoms of cardiac disease.

Digital Read-Out Monitors

Certain situations might allow for the use of portable, digital read-out blood pressure monitors. Using such a device the individual can visualize pulse and blood pressure.


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