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    Default Hearing (will it ruin my chances).

    Hi,
    I am a certified Firfighter I&II. Basic EMT. I Have applied for numerous jobs all over the country. My question is I have less than half of my hearing in my right ear is this going to tamper my chances of becoming a Firefighter.


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    Ryan T

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    On paper, yes. If you can some how try and exercise it and become more proficient at hearing in that ear, and the numbers aren't so off, then no. As long as it allows you to pass the company-issued physical without setting off any bells and whistles, than no.

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    Ryan,
    I would talk to your personal physician and ask him. He would be the most familiar with how it would impact your chances of getting hired.

    I know hearing is pretty inportant to the agency. I went yesterday for my MANDATORY annual hearing test.

    Paul Lepore
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    Last edited by BCLepore; 05-03-2006 at 10:31 AM.

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    What you need to do is get a copy of NFPA 1582 and the erratta that goes with it and bring it with you to the medical exam. There is a guy on one of the neighboring departments that was born with a birth defect and has only about 50-60% on the affected side but has normal hearing on the unaffected side and has been career with them for a while. I talked to him after you posted and he related that the erratta stated any one not meeting the requirements from 1582 that the arratta calls for either a hearing and noise test or a job specific test. Also he related that if you are already working even as a vollie this helps you out because you are already doing the same work. Mind you if this is a career position and you are on probation and your hearing becomes an issue unable to (understand commands, or get blood pressures) that it may count against you but this is where you need to start.

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    If i was to get a hearing aid with that solve my problem?

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