A murmur in my ear
A doctor without a stethoscope? Inventiveness helps Caroline Ward to overcome her hearing problem, but what about her image?
- By: Caroline Ward
When I was told at the age of 17 years that I was hard of hearing, my first thought was, “will I still be able to do medicine?” I had wanted to be a doctor for as long as I could remember, so being told I had an impairment that could hinder this in any way was really upsetting. Luckily, my hearing loss is not too severe, so there have been few problems to overcome, but a skill that is pretty essential in medicine is auscultation, and this is slightly dependent on the ability to hear.
My pattern of hearing loss is affectionately called “cookie bite hearing” as my audiogram looks like someone has taken a huge bite out of it. This means that I have only slightly depleted hearing at either end of the scale, but the middle frequencies have gone AWOL. I have different patterns of hearing loss