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User currently offlineTyphaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5172 times:
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Greetings everyone.

I have a relative that was born with partial hearing loss. It is correctable with hearing aids, and she can hear without them (and frequently doesn't wear them).

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.

Thanks in advance for sharing!


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21677 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5148 times:

Best person to ask would be the AME who's going to give her the medical exam. If they say no, there are other avenues that you could pursue (like a Statement of Demonstrated Ability).

-Mir



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5127 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.


User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5095 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!

- RichM

[Edited 2008-03-06 11:37:14]

User currently offlineTyphaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5075 times:
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Ok, so what I am seeing is the best way to check this is to have her go take a class 1 medical exam.

The FARs on it seem a bit ambiguous, so I guess this is what I am going to have to do.


I appreciate all three of you for your help. If anyone else knows something please feel free to chime in at any time.



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