Ear tubes medically disqualifying?

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  1. CVbsbl2019

    CVbsbl2019 New Member

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    I had temporary ear tubes placed in first grade to help my hearing. This is a fairly common procedure for slight hearing problems. They have both fallen out as planned (I think in fourth grade) but I am wondering if this will be medically DQ because it is technically an ear/hearing surgery? I could take the hearing exam right now and pass because I no longer have any hearing issues. Does anyone know if this will be a disqualification? Thanks
     
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    One of our current Cadets had tubes in both ears that fell out and this wasn't an issue (as referenced in previous posts).
     
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    Good to know, thank you for the info.
     
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    fencersmother 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    A bigger problem would be if your ear drums rupture while you are a cadet. This happened to both of my sons, one at USAFA and one while on leave. (Typically, he was in a contest to see who could sit on the bottom of one of the NY FingerLakes the longest. He won, and his prize was a ruptured ear drum and a whole boatload of bad paperwork to follow.)

    Don't sweat anything that happens before age 13 (unless the paperwork specifically asks: "Did XXX EVER happen to you?" Examples of this might be certain cancers, brain surgery, diabetes, asthma, amputations....).