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The Auscultation Assistant


The Auscultation Assistant

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This provides text description and audio examples of various heart and breath sounds. The sounds are broken up into certain catagories. The heart sounds are divided into systolic, where you can hear aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation, etc.., and diastolic, where you can hear mitral stenosis, aortic regurgitation, etc.. The lung sounds provide examples of cackles and wheezes.
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Date Added to MERLOT: September 21, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 17, 2017
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Submitter: Cindy McCoy


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Technical Requirements: Web Browswer/ Audio
Language: English
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Avatar for Jaime Hannans
1 year ago

Jaime Hannans (Faculty)

Useful for self-directive student station or independent study to practice listening to various heart sounds. Very helpful as support in learning cardiac assessment.
Time spent reviewing site: 1-2 hours
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Avatar for lakshmi naik
2 years ago

lakshmi naik (Health Care Professional)

great work

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Avatar for Kimberly Barss
2 years ago

Kimberly Barss (Staff)

This resource is great and I have used it in the classroom before as well as given it out to students to use as an extra study resource and have received very positive feedback.

Avatar for Julie Crisp
2 years ago

Julie Crisp (Faculty)

Thanks for this!My students need something to study with outside of sim-lab.
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Avatar for JoAnne Raatz
4 years ago

JoAnne Raatz (Faculty)

Excellent!  The only thing I would add would be graphic of a beating heart with valves and blood flow visible.

Avatar for Donna Sandretto
5 years ago

Donna Sandretto (Faculty)

Easy to understand text and clear sounds

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Rishi Gupta
6 years ago

Rishi Gupta (Student)

This is a useful site. A more modern auscultation web site, with sound recordings, text and video animations is I've used it during beta testing and its a great learning tool.
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Avatar for Bill Blankenbehler
6 years ago

Bill Blankenbehler (Student)

This is a great resource for students who need out of classroom support for in class teaching of normal and abnormal heart sounds. The sounds are clearly audible while the text offers a detailed description of the physiology/pathology associated. It is clear, concise, well organized, and has good presentation. Well done.

Avatar for Inna Plugovaya
6 years ago

Inna Plugovaya (Student)

I really like how helpful this site was in not only teaching about different heart and lung sounds, but also experiencing them and hearing them in action.

Technical Remarks:

The only technical remark that i have to make is that i had to download a plugin to listen to the heart and lung sounds, but other than that, everything was great.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 40 minutes reviewing the site.

Avatar for Kristin Coffman
8 years ago

Kristin Coffman (Faculty)

Unlike a textbook, this tutorial offers the student a real-life experience to the sounds of the heart. The sounds of the heart are easily audible in the lesson. Adventitious sounds, as well as "normal" ones, can be better understood by the student. This enables the student to better auscultate heart sounds upon entering the clinical setting. This information can be used by beginning medical and nursing students.

Avatar for Marilyn Caldwell
8 years ago

Marilyn Caldwell (Faculty)

Unlike many auscultation resources, the heart and lung sounds are clearly audible and of sufficient length to analyze. The accompanying descriptions are written in student friendly language using commonly understood terminology. The explanations compliment visually the auditory experience.
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Avatar for Christine Libertini
9 years ago

Christine Libertini (Student)

The information was very good. Although I have learned this information in classes, this site was separated in a way that helped me understand better.

Technical Remarks:

The sounds were good. I especially liked that they kept on going instead of stopping and starting over again.

Avatar for Jill Wilson
9 years ago

Jill Wilson (Student)

This was very helpful. I liked listening to the sounds while I could read information about the sound I was hearing.

Avatar for Alexis Kopral
9 years ago

Alexis Kopral (Student)

I loved being able to hear all the various heart sounds, that helped alot.

Technical Remarks:

If there is any way to get rid of the pause in between the playback of the audio it would help alot for us amateurs who are listening very closely because it could be confusing.

Avatar for David Karn
11 years ago

David Karn (Student)

I am a second semester nursing student, and I found this learning experience to be very helpful. The text with each heart sound was adequate and yet not overly technical or difficult to understand. I would be great if more adventitious lung sounds could be included on this site

Technical Remarks:

Being a Software Quality Assurance Proffessional, I found the site to work adequtley for the general population. The sound quality was excellent, and the graphical style was appropriate. Sound files take a little time to load. Overall this site meets the needs it is attempting to fill
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Avatar for Mariel Yap-Diangco
11 years ago

Mariel Yap-Diangco (Student)

I would recommend this site to any beginning nursing or medical student! This
site has clear descriptions of the various abnormal heart and lung sounds and is
accompanied with actual audio that further enhanced my learning! It is also
user friendly with a section on physiology to better understand the abnormal
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Avatar for Erica Brim
11 years ago

Erica Brim (Student)

As a beginning student, found the site to be a good augmentation to the
resources I've received in class about lung sounds and abnormal heart sounds.
The content was very informative as well. I think it is a great tool to add to
the lectures on these topics and will recommend it to my professors.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to use and to locate information.
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Avatar for Sandy Vang
11 years ago

Sandy Vang (Student)

It is a good website for anyone,not just health majors. As a beginning nursing
student hearing the lungs sound have make me understand more and how to
differentiate between abnormal sounds.

Technical Remarks:

it was easy to access
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Avatar for   supachana
13 years ago

supachana (Student)

As a beginning nursing student I found this site very helpful to learn the basic
heart and lung sounds. I did find some of the other heart sounds a bit too
advanced for me at this point, but I know that I will want to come back to this
site as I advance in education and clinical practice.
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Avatar for Jamie Tucker
13 years ago

Jamie Tucker (Student)

This site is a great tool for learning to decipher different lung and heart
sounds. I have found that the quality of sound differs depending on the
computer one is using. I listened to all the sounds and found myself deeply in
thought trying to find the abnormality. It is a great way to not only learn
about heart and lung sounds but to develop a keen sense of deciphering with

Although this site is intended for medical students I can see value in the site
for college and high school students. It has practical application in what the
students are learning in terms of structure and function.

Technical Remarks:

The site was very easy to access and very easy to navigate. Like I stated
before the sound quality can vary amoung different computer systems. That was
the only problem that I encountered.
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Avatar for   Ehrlich
13 years ago

Ehrlich (Student)

My husband spent around 1 hour trying the site, and then showed it to fellow
paramedics at our town's ambulance base. I then developed a lesson plan that
uses this site to supplement material in the cardiac unit in a paramedic class.
The following are comments that my husband has made about this site:
In comparing the sounds in this site to patient heart sounds heard on my
ambulance calls was a good way of reminding me how much it was stressed in my
original paramedic classes to differentiate between healthy heart sounds and
pathological ones. When I bring a patient with no prior heart disease history
into the emergency department it is not enough to tell the attending doctor that
'something sounds funny.' This site offers tools to help sharpen my clinical

Technical Remarks:

The site categorizes the 14 heart sounds into manageable groups. the
information presented was of benefit to both the layman interested in heart
sounds, as well as a medical student first learning cardiology. Links were
available for detailed definitions of terms as well as pointers to other sites
that dealt with lung sounds which is important because you need to differentiate
between heart and lung sounds. It is good to have a site that requires no
add-in to be downloaded in order to take advantage of the audio portion. The
Agilent link did not work, but did not detract from the effectiveness of the
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Avatar for Donald Kelly
15 years ago

Donald Kelly (Faculty)

Had to pry myself away from this link--spent nearly an hour reviewing available
Sound quality is excellent (important for this resource), written commentary
very helpful
Would be extremely helpful in academic (anatomy and physiology and clinical
(nursing, respiratory care) setting
Interface intuitively obvious and easy to use

Technical Remarks:

Extremely easy to use for first time users

Avatar for Joachim FERRER
16 years ago

Joachim FERRER (Faculty)

Went through it as a 3rd year nursing student would. Took just over an hour.
Very down to earth and clear explanations of each concept presented. Students
will find it a good introductions to heart and lung sounds and for periodic
review. Need more lung sounds.

Technical Remarks:

Very good quality of sound and visual.