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#1 Captainstank056

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 18:51

Hey all, Im active on these forums and figured Id go ahead and throw a question that may get some subjective answers.

I am going to wocs early next year and my initial class 1 flight physical was given an ETP for H2 hearing loss. For many years throughout the army I had been denied many things due to my H3 hearing, and during the flight physical I did a lot to work on my hearing and ended up scoring the minimum for H2 which was ETPd at Rucker.

I talked to my audiologist the other day and have an appointment with her but she is convinced Ill be back on H3 since the ringing in my ears has been worse (due to a sinus infection but I think I just never really noticed) I will see in a few weeks how my test goes though. She wants to get me hearing aids. Does anybody know aviators that have made it through with hearing aids? I have been denying them because of my flight physical already being waived.

I guess my question is - should I be worried as this is waived at H2? The ringing doesnt effect my hearing and I pass all audiologist tests like words and speech with 100% accuracy. Just cant hear the high pitch beeps.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 13:33

just keep smashing the hearing test button to pass. youll go all the way back up to perfect hearing.


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Posted 13 November 2018 - 15:23

just keep smashing the hearing test button to pass. youll go all the way back up to perfect hearing.

 

 

Ghosting beeps is the way to go.

 

I have perfect hearing and I swear at multiple points during that test I was starting to imagine beeps that weren't there, or were there, idk. Just kept mashing away at that button and out popped a relatively perfect score..

 

Doubt that helps you at all, just being nostalgic over here.



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 20:12

 Just cant hear the high pitch beeps.

 

That sounds like a super power, to be honest. Especially if you can numb out the rotor frequency. As long as you can still hear that high pitched "altitude low" sounding off that you'll be ignoring anyway, I'd imagine you'd be fine.



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 20:28

If, like me, you have tinnitus, it is difficult to pick the test tone from the constant tones generated by your own brain. You can ask them to make the tone warble, to distinguish between the two, but I still have a real problem, as I have 3 different frequencies whistling away. But don't just keep pressing the button because it is obvious to them that you are guessing.

 

They can move on to a spoken word test, as the final determinant. With my 45 years in aviation and turbine engines screaming away near the cockpit, my hearing loss is fairly significant. But being retired now, it doesn't matter a rat's patootie. I can choose who I wish to hear, and often it isn't the wife...



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 20:32

If, like me, you have tinnitus, it is difficult to pick the test tone from the constant tones generated by your own brain. You can ask them to make the tone warble, to distinguish between the two, but I still have a real problem, as I have 3 different frequencies whistling away. But don't just keep pressing the button because it is obvious to them that you are guessing.
 
They can move on to a spoken word test, as the final determinant. With my 45 years in aviation and turbine engines screaming away near the cockpit, my hearing loss is fairly significant. But being retired now, it doesn't matter a rat's patootie. I can choose who I wish to hear, and often it isn't the wife...


I do the warble tones, thats was put me from H3 to H2. That was during my spoken words test which I scored 100% on haha. The audiologist knows I can hear people and objects etc but I obv have tinnitus. Do hearing test people typically do warble if you ask? Ive been at the same audiologist for a while and she knows me (shes actually an audiologist for deploying national guard people)

I dont like to listen to people sometimes because I couldnt care about what theyre saying and its nice to blame it on tinnitus :P




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