Breath Sounds - Normal

     You are listening to a typical example of normal vesicular breath sounds. Other types of breath sounds include tracheal (very loud, high pitch, harsh), bronchial (loud, high pitch, tubular), and bronchvesicular (moderately loud, medium pitch, rustling). Vesicular breath sounds are heard over most of the peripheral lung fields, and are described as soft, low pitched, and with a gentle rustling quality. The sample you are listening to has had the volume enhanced to the point where you can detect the heart sounds in the background. You will also notice that this patient seems to be hyperventilating, with a respiratory rate of approximately 25.