Hearing Loss

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  1. bobloblaw

    bobloblaw New Member

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    So I have my DoDMERB physical and audio test Friday. I have a question about my hearing loss. Here is some info:

    No family history of hearing loss. Would have never noticed it myself, nor has any family member or teacher ever noticed any loss. Has never impacted any school or work activity. Recently evaluated 04/2012 and no treatment necessary

    First detected at hearing screening at school at age 5. Screened annually since, results are very stable. Results unlikely to change given no additional loss over past 12 years. 0 dB from 250-750 Hz;10 dB at 1000; 25 dB right ear and 30 dB left ear 1000; 0 dB 3000; 0 dB 4000; Overall within normal hearing range. Saw Dr. for evaluation, no treatment necessary.

    Thanks to those who read the whole post. Can anyone tell me if my hearing is disqualifying condition? Also, when I got to my physical, should I bring the results of my 10+ past hearing tests? They all are very similar. Thanks
     
  2. EagleScout13

    EagleScout13 USMA Class of 2017

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    I'd keep that information close by, but I don't think you need to bring it with you. If DoDmerb says they need more information regarding this, then send it in, but who knows they may not ask about it and your current condition may not be disqualifying.
     
  3. bobloblaw

    bobloblaw New Member

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    Well I did indicate on the dodmets form that I have a hearing loss. I felt that it was the most honest way to go about the process. Even though, I don't think that my condition should be disqualifying. Thanks eaglescout
     
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    With both my son who is a cadet and my current applicant, we disclosed prior injuries/issues and we either brought copies of records with us to the medical exam (if they were 1-2 pages long each) or faxed them to dodmets after them exam. This way, the staff at DODMERB had the info they needed to make a decision without requesting a remedial (and asking us to send the records). Basically if you know there's an issue, they will eventually ask for the documentation and there's no harm in providing it early to show that the issue isn't disqualifying.
     
  6. Navy1981

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    A quick word of advice since you have a couple of days before your exam. Don't use your IPod with earbuds over the next few days. An audiologist friend tells me that is his first step in evaluating a young person who appears at first to have a hearing loss. Oftentimes after a couple of days of resting the eardrums (i.e. not having music blasted directly against them), the second audiogram goes much better than the first.
     
  7. Pima

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    follow Navy1981's advice. In the AF they will tell people who fail the 1st time to go home and have complete silence for 24 hrs. Bullet had to do that several times over his 20 yr career. I always laughed when they told him to do that...right like he was going to have complete silence with 3 kids under the age of 4, only way that would happen is if he stayed in a hotel!:shake:
     

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