SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1683 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2085 times:
This gives me hope yet!
I've always wanted to learn to fly a plane, but have had doubts because of my lack of outer ears, ear canals, and middle ears.
I wear a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid), an implantable device consisting of a screw in the bone behind where my right ear should be and a small vibrator box that snaps onto it. It works by converting sound into vibrations that resonate the bone so my inner ear picks up the vibrations; ie, it bypasses the missing/blocked ear canal and middle ear structures so I can still hear. In contrast to the old big bulky headband-mounted hearing aids with body battery packs (mid-20th century technology), the BAHA is my most reliable, clearest hearing aid that allows me to hear directionally.
Without my BAHA I'm legally deaf.
The problem is, I cannot use most styles of headphones or ear buds (due to the lack of both ear canals). Thus, when I travel by air, I cannot use IFE.
Would I still have to have earphones? If so, could I have special ones that fit over the hearing aid (ie, large cup ones), or what would I need to do about my hearing in order so I could fly?
Is there anything compatible with bone-conduction hearing aids, or could I somehow mount a speaker in the cockpit?
I'm determined to learn how to fly someday (when I have time after my studies at King's College London); my attitude is that I can do anything I set my heart to do and find ways to get around my obstacles.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
Bond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5592 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Well, not to take anything away from the guy, but practically he doesn't have a 'true' instrument license if he can't fly without an instructor..in fact not just any instructor, but one that can communicate with him.
I wouldn't want to be flying commercial with somebody that cannot hear a late 'go around' instruction, or a quick avoidance instruction, even if they do have an instructor sitting next to them.
hey, maybe in the days of all data and text ATC, things will be different.
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Quoting Bond007 (Reply 3): hey, maybe in the days of all data and text ATC, things will be different.
I have confidence in the next 5-10 yrs we will have text radio from ATC where we read what ATC says to us instead of hearing it. Even some hearing people have trouble understanding the ATC and they hear clear as a bell.
I am also hearing-impaired and wish to get a license, all I can go for is a VFR, but I'd rather be IFR.
While I do understand you don't mean to take away from his pride, but the fact is he CAN now fly using instruments, just of course needs someone with him. Before, he couldnt use intruments meaning he couldn't fly above clouds or at night, had ot be all visual. Now he can!
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!