Hearing Issue

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Ambition, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Ambition

    Ambition USAFA Class of 2017

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    Hello everyone.

    My very simple question is, based on your own experiences or experiences here at the forum, what are the odds of getting a waiver for a hearing issue?

    Non-surgery or injury related. I simply have slightly more hearing loss for the lower range of tones in my right ear. It may be sinus infection related so I am taking the second test for DoDMERB (as they requested) but I am just curious that, if I do not pass again and it turns out I do have slightly off hearing in one ear, what are the chances of the academies (specifically the AFA) giving me a waiver for that issue?

    I have not been able to hear about anyone else with an issue similar to mine, so I believe I have lost some sleep giving it much thought: If I should continue thinking of a career through the AFA even though I may be perm DQ'ed soon.

    Any help would be great. Thank you.
     
  2. Ambition

    Ambition USAFA Class of 2017

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    For anyone who may run into a similar situation, I recommend this:

    After you receive the remedial testings request, go to a private doctor to get it done. The reason being is that, in most cases, a private Audiologist has access to much more equipment and training, and get a more accurate diagnosis. In my case, I did in fact have hearing within the normal limit (basically what DoDMERB wants) so I was able to send my new results in and get cleared. The first result I had was most likely due to error due to poor training due to having the test being done by a simple technician as opposed to a PhD in Audiology.

    Just my two-cents!
     

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