High-quality stethoscopes in Ireland
Stethoscopes have a long history, but they are used by physicians and healthcare professionals because they are effective tools. Available in a variety of styles and designs, you are sure to find the perfect tool for your needs.
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What are stethoscopes used for?
Stethoscopes are used to listen to sounds produced by the body, with a focus on the heart and lungs. They have proven useful for listening to the heart rate of a patient and checking breathing. It can also be used to check blood pressure.
Which way around do the earpieces go in my stethoscope?
Like a lot of earphones, there is a correct way to use a stethoscope. You’ll find that the earpieces on a stethoscope are angled. This is to match the slight angle of your ear canal. As a general rule of thumb, if you can see the holes in the earpiece, it is the wrong way around. You’ll know it’s right when the room around you sounds very faint.
Is there a correct way to use a stethoscope?
Yes. The chest piece is designed to pick up sounds, and while holding it between your fingertips might feel good, you can cause rubbing and create extra noise. Instead, try holding the piece in the middle of the first two knuckles between your forefinger and middle finger. Always follow instructions to ensure you are using the stethoscope correctly.
Why can’t I hear anything through my stethoscope?
There are a number of reasons why you might not hear sounds through your stethoscope. You may be wearing the headset incorrectly, or there may be obstructions in it which prevent you from hearing noises from the body. If you have a dual head stethoscope, you will need to open the bell or diaphragm in order to hear from the correct side. Rotating the chest piece will open up the side you need.