Is there any chance?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Morgan222, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Morgan222

    Morgan222 New Member

    Dec 31, 2012
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    I am looking into Uniformed Services University. I am new to this, so I am unsure about some things. I was born with a bit of a defect in my middle ear, so I have some hearing loss in one ear. I had middle ear surgery when I was 10 years old. It was more of an exploratory surgery and nothing was really changed. I was given a hearing aid when I was younger, but I have not used it. I have gotten along in everything I do just fine, so the hearing loss does not seem to affect me very much.

    I read that inner ear surgery and the certain amount of hearing loss disqualifies a person. Then I read about the waiver stuff. I do not completely understand it. Is there no hope for me? Should I just forget about it or do they look at each case by itself and then determine? I guess I am looking for an answer about whether or not I should pursue this or forget it.
  2. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Nov 28, 2007
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    There is nothing to lose if you apply, except time and energy. They will pay for the exam.

    The way it works is DoDMERB DQ's and branches waive the DQ. Waivers are case by case.

    IMPO I would pursue this path and not give up hope until they say it is over.
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

    Jun 9, 2006
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    USUHS has a whole different set of playing rules than the Service Academies. Seeing as they are graduating medical officers they are able to waive things that may not be waived for people going to Naval Academy, etc.

    Some of it will depend on the amount of hearing loss you have, but my guess is that you will be fine unless you have severe hearing loss. For USUHS the waiver authority (person who decides) is USUHS (don't quote me on that though...I should probably look it up)

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