I've been hearing impaired since childhood, the result of childhood trauma and many years of shooting without adequate ear protection. People who meet me for the first time at EMS conferences probably think I'm aloof or ill-at-ease in social situations, a far cry from my persona in teaching or delivering conference presentations. But the truth is, I don't do well in crowds, because I simply can't hear. [...]
So when Eko offered to send me a new 3M Littmann CORE digital stethoscope from Eko to test and evaluate as part of an Inside EMS sponsorship, I took them up on the offer with great anticipation. I'd finally be able to take a blood pressure in the back of an ambulance that doesn't sound like road noise and a diesel engine!
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