Hearing Loss In One Ear....

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UberHammer's Comment
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Just went to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor today about problems hearing in my left ear. He had his staff give me a hearing test to see if i was just experiencing outer ear or middle ear problems, which are typically temporary, or if it was an inner ear problem.

The test reveal my problem is inner ear, which probably means nerve damage. Doctor gave me a prescription for steroid pills and is going to check me again in three weeks. If the steroid pills don't result in helping the body repair the problem, he wants to inject the steroids directly into the inner ear. If both steroid attempts fail then we're talking hearing aid, and tests to make sure it's not a tumor, as well as on going tests to make sure it's not getting worse.

My question is, could this affect my chances of becoming a truck driver? The tests showed my hearing in my right ear is "perfect". Is one good ear enough, or is it possible my one bad ear could keep me from doing truck driving?

Thanks!

G-Town's Comment
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Just went to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor today about problems hearing in my left ear. He had his staff give me a hearing test to see if i was just experiencing outer ear or middle ear problems, which are typically temporary, or if it was an inner ear problem.

The test reveal my problem is inner ear, which probably means nerve damage. Doctor gave me a prescription for steroid pills and is going to check me again in three weeks. If the steroid pills don't result in helping the body repair the problem, he wants to inject the steroids directly into the inner ear. If both steroid attempts fail then we're talking hearing aid, and tests to make sure it's not a tumor, as well as on going tests to make sure it's not getting worse.

My question is, could this affect my chances of becoming a truck driver? The tests showed my hearing in my right ear is "perfect". Is one good ear enough, or is it possible my one bad ear could keep me from doing truck driving?

Thanks!

Copied from the FMCSA guidelines (www.fmcsa.com):

"What are the hearing requirements for CMV drivers?"

A person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500Hz, 1000HZ and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to the American National Standard Z24.5-1951.

Last Updated : April 1, 2014

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The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

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  • Research and Technology
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A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
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UberHammer's Comment
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Just got back from the ear, nose and throat doctor. He said he needs to monitor me for a few more months before giving me the official diagnosis for the problems I'm having, but he said it's likely going to be a diagnosis of Meniere's Disease.

In my google searching on it, it appears that a diagnosis of Meniere's Disease any time in a person's life is a automatic fail for a DOT physical. I've read they are considering possibly allowing certain treatments that show a sustained stop of the symptoms to be acceptable in the future, but for now there is no possible way for someone diagnosed with this to ever pass a DOT physical for the rest of their life.

So my career is over before it even started.

Thanks for such a great site. But I think I won't ever visit again now that this is a dream that is a dead to me.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pv's Comment
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I am suspicious of the Meniere's disease. I'm also suspicious of your ENT doctor wanting to do steroid injections before utilizing other evaluations first. This does not make sense, and this comes from a rehabilitation counselor.

Follow up, get a second opinion. If you do have just hearing loss, you can still drive via the hearing exemption that FMCSA issues. If nothing else, visit your local VR office and pursue services.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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