does anyone know of any special restrictions regarding the use of hearing aids within the fire service, whether they are trying to get on or presently on the job? Was told to look at 1582 and chapter 6 but unable to locate anything. thanks
It might be up to each dept
Check their web sites for disqualifiers
check this against 1582
6.5 Ears and Hearing – Candidates/New HireCategory AA Chronic vertigo or impaired balance as demonstrated by the inability to tandem gait walkA On audiometric testing, average hearing loss in the unaided better ear greater than 40 decibels (dB) at500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5,Audiometric Device TestingA Any condition (or hearing impairment) that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasksA *Hearing aid or cochlear implantCategory BB *Unequal hearing lossB Average uncorrected hearing deficit at the test frequencies 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz greaterthan 40 dB in either earB Atresia, stenosis, or tumor of the auditory canalB *External otitis, recurrentB *Agenesis or traumatic deformity of the auricleB *Mastoiditis or surgical deformity of the mastoidB *Ménière’s syndrome, labyrinthitis, or tinnitusB *Otitis mediaB Surgical procedures to correct or improve hearing or other conditions of the ear6.6 Dental – Candidates/New Hire Category AA Any condition that results in inability to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasks.
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