Tinnitus

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Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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I was just reading Trucker Mike's article about the DOT Physical and I see there is a hearing test. Now I have Tinnitus in both ears. Does anyone know what tones they are expecting you to be able to hear and the ones that they will let go by? There are some frequencies that I just do not hear anymore after 20 years of shooting 107mm and 120mm mortars; predominately some of the really high frequencies. The physical is going to be the show-stopper for me. If I can pass that, I am confident enough to be able to learn what I have to learn to get my trucking career on the road. I wonder if there is a way to get a DOT physical before I relocate to the USA. If I fail the physical, I'll just stay here and keep eating bratwurst!

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.

Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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Steven, for me the test was simply the nurse coming in and whispering " the sky is blue"and me repeating back to her what she just said. I have had two of those physicals now and both hearing tests were the same just different phrases.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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Thats all the hearing test is...a whisper...I'm not sure if tinnitus would affect this, but tell the physician when you go in..It won't affect driving truck..

BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
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I have ringing in my ears all the time from military service and shooting firearms on the range and hunting. They do not do any specific testing for hearing (audiogram). They just make sure you are able to here a low whisper. The examiner will usually whisper something while behind you so that you cannot read their lips.rofl-3.gif

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Well if that is the case, then I *should* have nothing to worry about. Whispers are still in my hearing range. I was concerned with an audiogram and them looking for certain frequencies. This makes me happy! smile.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Whispers are still in my hearing range. I was concerned with an audiogram and them looking for certain frequencies.

No, they just want to know that if someone in a four wheeler is driving by giving you "the bird" and screaming at you that you can hear their muffled screams through the closed window. At least I think that's why they do the whisper test.

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Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Whispers are still in my hearing range. I was concerned with an audiogram and them looking for certain frequencies.

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No, they just want to know that if someone in a four wheeler is driving by giving you "the bird" and screaming at you that you can hear their muffled screams through the closed window. At least I think that's why they do the whisper test.

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LOL! Perhaps they will ask if I understand "sign" language... rofl-2.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Perhaps they will ask if I understand "sign" language...

Nice!!! rofl-3.gif

Well, it's important to know what people are trying to communicate to you, especially if they'd like to shove something somewhere!

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Jerry's Comment
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My hearing test was done as a whisper from about 20 feet away.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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My hearing test was done as a whisper from about 20 feet away.

This seems to be the consensus. I *should* not have any problems with that.

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