Swiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5686 times:
Quoting Typhaerion (Thread starter): She has aspirations to be a commercial pilot and I am wondering if her hearing will prevent her from obtaining the required First Class Medical Certification.
I guess I am asking if there are pilots out there with hearing aids and how that has affected you.
I did my CASA Class 1 on Wednesday. (Australia)
It is my understanding that the audiogram has to be unaided. It's a bit tricky as you have to listen for some low volume/frequency beeps and react when hearing them.
Suggest to book in for a medical; it costs what it costs but the result will be a clean bill of health for the rest of her, and an accurate answer for FAA standards, which from experience I do not have. FWIW there are no prerequisites to take a Class 1 medical; anyone can do it.
RichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5654 times:
She could get a class 2 afaik which would enable her to attain a PPL with restrictions, i.e. no radio communications. As for CPL/ATPL, I very much doubt that she'd be able to get a CPL or an ATPL if she requires the use of a hearing aid.
It's odd though, as pilots can wear glasses providing that they take a spare pair with them when they fly, but they can't wear hearing aids? I think if hearing impairment was more common (to the extent of requiring hearing aids) then this restriction may not exist (first paragraph) and I would imagine that they'd be given similar treatment to those who are visually impaired. (Seems like a big term, but that basically defines all of you who wear glasses) At the moment though, I think the situation has been overlooked given that the only workaround is the one explained in my first paragraph, which isn't very useful if you want to fly for a living!