Medical review-Hearing

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
Hi all

I am currently being held up at the medical stage after being made TMU a second time for my hearing, on my medical the doctor did mention a slight hearing loss, but didnt bring it up for further investigation, after my first paper review it was brought up that I show over 45db difference at 1,2,3 and 4 khz and that I apparently have unilateral hearing loss.

I have had another hearing test in the meantime, which is with the doctor to be sent back to capita, the results of the new hearing test don't show any above 30db at all frequencies ( mild hearing loss, left ear), with most of my right ear coming in under 20db, with this in mind does anyone know what this will mean for my application?

I've tried searching the forum and the navys hearing standards but i can't work out if i'll pass or not.

Thanks in advance
 

Prop1910

Midshipman
Sorry to hear that......I've been in the same position.

Tried to join the RNR, but turned down due to failure of the medical on grounds of hearing.

I sympathise massively!!

I paid for a private hearing test; my hearing is on the borderline of H2 and H3; (google this - it's the Navy's way of determining good hearing from bad - apparently) and then presented this to my very sympathetic AFCO.

They then encouraged me to appeal (this has to come from yourself, in the form of a letter; your AFCO should help you...), a medical officer in Portsmouth will probably then decide on your case.

You have youth in your side ( I was 40 when I did it - no surprise I failed at mine); I'm now in the process of applying for RFA Cadet, who have a lower medical requirement.....so all is not lost...!!

Very best of luck.....don't give up.

Let us know how to get on.
 

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
Yeah, its a horrible place to be...man thats rough, especially on hearing! I had a seperate one done but they didnt tell me what grade my hearing was, just said that I don't have a 45db loss, seems that I'm possibly H2 but I can't quite work out how to calculate it?

I have informed my Afco of current developments, though they've yet to PMU me, just have to play the waiting game unfortunatly, currently 6 months so far.

True that, though I'm a mechanic/engineer by trade so I'm not suprised my hearing isn't amazing! I really want to get through, so giving up isn't an option (as much as it's a cliche ) thanks for the support, hope you get into the RFA, keep me updated.

Wilco will update when I know more.
 

Prop1910

Midshipman
My AFCO were very supportive indeed.

I'm in engineering now (have been for years...), so, yes, not surprising...!

I don't know how it's calculated, but the Navy will only take you if you're H1 or H2.

As I say, I was borderline; but I was old at the time, so I think that had a bearing on my result.

Just appeal, man....appeal....!!!!!!!

Oh, and it's not a cliche. Don't give up....!

Good luck.
 

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
What branch of engineering are you in? I'll take borderline if it gets me in! Hopefully the GP will send my results back to capita and they'll pass me fit! If not then it's time to appeal like a mofo
 

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
Thats the chart I found on the navy hearing standards, do you know if you have to add the frequencies as seperate ears or do you add both ears together?

Thanks
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Again, I'm not able to offer definitive medical advice but can tell you that the calculations are for individual ears, left then right. For example you could be H1/H8 meaning pretty much perfect left but severe loss right, so unfit. The lowest entry standard permitted for RN is H2/H2. If either ear falls below H2 it's a no-go.
 

Sumo

War Hero
before next test, have your GP check ears are clean and clear, no loud noises for at least a week before test, give your self the best shot you can. Loud noises TV low volume do not use earphone or buds, protect your ears in any noise environment. Good luck
 

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
Ah that clears it up a little, they said there was a mild loss in my left but right was all good. I've already had the hearing test sumo, I did however follow that exact advice...Great minds and all that :) I will update as i know more, thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated!
 

SOB94

Lantern Swinger
I have finally got another paper review date after capita and my gp had stopped pinballing my results between one other, the date was origionally the 26th, but capita have decided to move it forward to tomorrow! Should hopefully know by the end of the week!
 
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