For faithful reproduction of the auscultatory findings as heard through your acoustic stethoscope, you need to use a good-quality set of headphones connected to your PC. Do not use loudspeakers.

You should apply light finger pressure to your earpieces to create a more efficient air seal, and you should adjust the sound level to simulate your stethoscopic examination of the patient.

The more you listen, the more skilled you become at identifying sounds, so listen at every opportunity on whatever equipment is available. Realize, however, that listening without headphones may alter the characteristics of the sounds, so always listen to a sound first (and whenever possible) with headphones.

Heart Sounds *

Play audioThe First and Second Heart Sound
Play audioThird Heart Sound (S3)-the Normal S3
Play audioThe S3 Gallop Rhythm
Play audioFourth Heart Sound--S4
Play audioMurmurs
Play audioThe Venous Hum
Play audioPericardial Friction Rub
Play audioBlood Pressure (Korotkoff) Sounds
* No narration

Lung and Bowel Sounds

Play audioNormal Breath Sounds
Play audioBronchovesicular Sounds
Play audioBronchotracheal Sounds
Play audioAbsent or Decreased Breath Sounds
Play audioAbnormally Placed Bronchial Sounds
Play audioAdventitious Sounds
Play audioWheezes
Play audioRhonchi
Play audioPleural Friction Rub
Play audioAbnormal Voice Sounds
Play audioWhispered Pectoriloquy
Play audioEgophony
Play audioAuscultation of the Abdomen: Bowel Sounds
Play audioHypoactive Bowel Sounds
Play audioAbsent Bowel Sounds
Play audioHyperactive Bowel Sounds

* From Mason, D., Listening to the Heart, 3rd edition, Audio-Visual Cardiology, Inc., Philadelphia, 2006