Tone Deaf?

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Bird-one's Comment
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I thought you go in the booth still if you dont pass the whisper? I havent passed a hearing exam since my entry medical exam for the military.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Quote doesn't work well for me.... and Brett's forum doesn't like 'weird' characters that I try to include, but BIRD they do the 'booth' at my next appointment with the EXPENSIVE doctor (Tractor Man haha.)

Rick S .... you might know because I can't find it..... can I appeal the DOT physical within 30 days? I'll probably have to re do everything for the CDL but I won't do that until I need it, anyway.

Yep, the EENT (eyes ears nose throat) haha .... will do the booth. I did that after my accident in 98 ... but wasn't CDL 'ing back then.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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others have hearing losses

Yep, failed the DOT physical..Forced whisper in LEFT ear.... fail. She would NOT do the right ear. She put a tuning fork on the left side (which I didn't realize I'm actually DEAF in.) Fail.

I'm going to an EENT or whatever it's called next month. I am deaf / tone deaf or just DEAF in my left ear. I did NOT know that. I do now.

Thanks for all the replies, y'all.

Anne, I can't hear ya, could you write a little louder please? (Sorry, old joke).

You can even get generic hearing aids online nowadays.. All they do is amplify sounds and some people do quite well with them. Others have losses in specific frequencies, and need custom aides amplifying those specific frequencies only. Hearing aid companies like Beltone give free tests using digital equipment that can be accurate, but not all salespeople (who do the testing) are qualified. Audiologists are the most reliable, but they usually dispense hearing aids themselves and may tend to steer people to a product they don't need or is more expensive than necessary. Back in the 1980's when we had a construction recession, I got trained by Beltone and sold hearing aids for about a year. I really enjoyed the testing and fitting process, but the sales aspect bothered me. The company was, way back then, selling an instrument that cost them under $100 for $1,000. That was the markup: cost X 10. And most of the time the client was elderly, on a fixed income with no insurance. It broke my heart to see people being gouged like this. So for one client who needed help but couldn't afford it, I went off reservation and got her a generic wholesale hearing aid at cost. The company found out about it and fired me. The point is, if you get any type of hearing device, make sure you buy only if you can try it for 30 days and return it for a full refund if you don't like it. Hearing aid salespeople are a lot like used car salesmen and should be dealt with as such.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Quote doesn't work well for me.... and Brett's forum doesn't like 'weird' characters that I try to include, but BIRD they do the 'booth' at my next appointment with the EXPENSIVE doctor (Tractor Man haha.)

Rick S .... you might know because I can't find it..... can I appeal the DOT physical within 30 days? I'll probably have to re do everything for the CDL but I won't do that until I need it, anyway.

Yep, the EENT (eyes ears nose throat) haha .... will do the booth. I did that after my accident in 98 ... but wasn't CDL 'ing back then.

There's no "appeal" per se'. You are going to have to see an ENT, or just an audiologist and get a real hearing test. If you present this to the examiner and you fall within spec, they should approve you.

You can't just "doctor shop" it and go for another examiner. But they are SUPPOSED TO CHECK BOTH EARS, even with the whisper test. The chiro that does mine, basically passes if you are breathing. Company physical/DOT examiners may be looking for a little more than your basic DOT pass/fail.

Any way you slice it - you're going to need to get a REAL hearing test, and if you don't pass that - hearing aids.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

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