DoDMERB and complete hearing lost in one ear

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Helim, Jun 14, 2018 at 9:15 AM.

  1. Helim

    Helim New Member

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    I'm now becoming a senior the moment we start school. And I have already started my application for USAFA. But I have a complete hearing loss in my right ear and I know this will disqualify me on DoDMERB

    I was hoping to know if there is any way I could get around that, like a waiver or something. If so, what are my chances of getting around it and will it significantly affect my entire application.
     
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    201stRHSretired New Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, if you have 100% hearing loss there are no waivers for that.
     
  3. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    This would be a DQ per DoDMERB. The standards for hearing loss and DoDMERB are on line. Can it be waivered is the question. For complete hearing loss, I would be surprised if it was. It might be best to give DoDMERB call and ask if this is a waiverable condition.
     
  4. jebdad

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    This may be a bit dated. It was from a USMA document from 4 years ago but it should still be pretty accurate:


    Ears and Hearing Moderate hearing loss in the 500 to 4000 Hz frequencies, a history of middle ear surgery, abnormalities of the external ear, the use of hearing aids, a perforated eardrum (including a retained tympanostomy tube) or a perforated eardrum surgically repaired within 120 days of the DoDMERB physical exam will result in medical disqualification.

    DODMERB will DQ. Whether you can get a waiver is unknown but my guess it is is unlikely.
     
  5. GoCubbies

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    Unfortunately, you probably won't get a waiver.

    In addition, the cause for why you have unilateral hearing loss may be cause for a DQ also.
     
  6. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    There is a thing called an Exception to Policy, but those are pretty rare.
     
  7. Helim

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    Thank you guys for your honest answers
     
  8. Helim

    Helim New Member

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    Can you please explain to me how the Exception to Policy works?
     
  9. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    Essentially, if your initial waiver is denied, you can appeal to the chief (maybe secretary?) of the service for their approval. Generally, you would need some pretty serious research/evidence to support the idea that the waiver should have been approved. They definitely don't all get approved. It's a long shot, but it might be an option.