Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Medical Eligibility- hearing loss

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I wore a hearing aid during middle school but stopped after that since we found it wasn't needed. I have Minor hearing loss in both ears. Am I eligible to join the army? Can that be waived? I once read use of hearing aids is disqualifying.

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James,
I'll need more info.

Why did they feel you needed one?  Any physical damage to the ear?  Any injury or disease? What ages were you wearing one?  One ear or both?  What's your "Pure Tone Level" (in db/cycles per second) in each ear?  Did your doctor tell you to stop wearing it or did you stop on your own?

CURRENT use of a hearing aid is a disqualifier.

Colonel H

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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

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Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

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