New Visual, Amplified Stethoscope for Hearing Impaired Clinicians

New Visual, Amplified Stethoscope for Hearing Impaired Clinicians

Beyond Hearing Aids Introduces the First Visual Display Amplified Stethoscope, the ViScope™

SUMMARY: Beyond Hearing Aids promotes amplified stethoscopes, such as the ViScope™ to meet the needs of medical professionals with hearing loss. The CardionicsViScope™ is the first amplified digital stethoscope for hearing impaired professionals with a visual display. Doctors, nurses and students can listen and see the sounds. The enhanced sound representation adds another level of diagnostic capabilities.

Beyond Hearing Aids has been assisting professionals with hearing loss to find technology solutions to help them use the stethoscope for more than 10 years. “There has been a need for a visual display of heart and lung sounds to supplement the sounds coming through a stethoscope for a long time” says Becky Morris, a nationally recognized amplified stethoscope specialist and owner of the company. “A visual display stethoscope like the ViScope™ helps students enter a field with critical shortages and helps nurses stay on the job longer.” It’s a win-win situation for professionals and patients alike.

Beyond Hearing Aids recognizes the importance of assisting medical professionals with years of experience but who are now beginning to have trouble hearing on a traditional stethoscope. Doctors, nurses, veterinarians and other medical professionals need amplified stethoscopes to diagnose or monitor heart and lung sounds. Even professionals and students with severe hearing loss can benefit from amplified stethoscopes like the ViScope™ to hear and see the sounds. The company is promoting special online introductory pricing for the ViScope™.

The ViScope™ is a digital electronic scope that can amplify sound 30 times louder than an acoustic scope and provides a visual display of the heart and lung sounds. Simply place the stethoscope on the chest and as the sounds are detected, the heart sounds will be displayed on the screen. Sounds can be downloaded for later viewing. The rechargeable battery operates for approximately 8 hours total “on” time on a fully charged battery. People choose a headset option that works best with their hearing aid or cochlear implant. Beyond Hearing Aids offers a wide variety of amplified stethoscopes and visual stethoscopes for hearing aid uses and other useful products like loud telephones, TV systems and signaling devices that help people with hearing loss connect with those they love.

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Beyond Hearing Aids, Inc. is an Erlanger, Kentucky based company that specializes in amplified stethoscopes and other hearing assistance products for people with hearing loss. The company mission is to help people be effective on the job and stay connected to life by providing quality assistive listening and signaling devices. For more information about the ViScope™, please visit http://www.aldtraining.com or learn about Beyond Hearing Aids or other assistive products, please visit http://BeyondHearingAids.com or call (800) 838-1649 (Voice or TTY).

Cardionics is pleased to introduce the first visual electronic stethoscope. This version of the ViScope allows the use of a headset intended for use with In-the-Ear or open fit Behind-the-Ear style hearing aids. The headset should allow the listener to keep the hearing aids in while using the ViScope. (order headset separately).

The ViScope is a digital electronic scope that can amplify sound 30 times louder than an acoustic scope and it provides a visual display of the phonocardiogram or phonopneumogram. Visualization assists the listener in identifying the position of clicks, rubs, knocks, snaps or murmurs in the cardiac cycle.

Murmurs such as aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation or mitral regurgitation are clearly seen. Pediatric sounds including atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect and primary pulmonary hypertension are easily identified.

How it works: Simply place the stethoscope on the chest and as the sounds are detected, the phonocardiogram of heart sounds will be displayed on the screen. Sounds can be downloaded to the ViScope-100 Software for storage and recall. With a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, the software allows the trace to be enlarged for a better view. Calipers allow measurement of events such as the opening snap of mitral stenosis.

The software allows for storage and recall of patient information and includes printable patient specific reports. Runs on Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems.

The rechargeable battery operates for approximately 8 hours total “on” time on a fully charged battery. A battey charger is included and will recharge in approximately 5 hours.

You must choose a headset option separately. We recommend you purchase headphones if you are a student so that an instructor can listen in even if you don’t use the headset personally.

Properly diagnosing patients using a stethoscope requires good hearing to discern the murmurs from normal heart sounds. Yet many doctors and nurses suffer from poor hearing, making it difficult to auscultate their patients, seriously hampering their ability to perform a basic screening.

The Cardionics ViScope aims to solve that problem by providing both amplification of the audio signal and a visual display of the phonocardiogram or phonopneumogram. The device is compatible with In-the-Ear or open fit Behind-the-Ear hearing aids, offering the ability to boost the signal 30 times over a conventional stethoscope.

More about the ViScope from the product page:

Visualization assists the listener in identifying the position of clicks, rubs, knocks, snaps or murmurs in the cardiac cycle.

Murmurs such as aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation or mitral regurgitation are clearly seen. Pediatric sounds including atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect and primary pulmonary hypertension are easily identified.

How it works: Simply place the stethoscope on the chest and as the sounds are detected, the phonocardiogram of heart sounds will be displayed on the screen. Sounds can be downloaded to the ViScope-100 Software for storage and recall. With a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, the software allows the trace to be enlarged for a better view. Calipers allow measurement of events such as the opening snap of mitral stenosis.

source : http://www.beyondhearingaids.com/Product%20Catalog/Detail.asp?ItemCd=1258

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