Hearing Test

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Ron H.'s Comment
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Was told at my last DOT physical that I will not likely pass the hearing test on the next one. I'm 66 and in good health and physical condition, self employed, semi-retired and drive my 12K box (service truck) truck app. 50 miles a day a dozen days a year. Would it be worth my applying for the hearing exemption?

Thanks

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Not everyone performs that test I didn't have it (can pass it) no biggee

Ron H.'s Comment
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I was under the impression that the hearing test is required. I honestly don't understand why though with road noise its hard enough to hear a passenger talking let alone whispering inside the truck.

Not everyone performs that test I didn't have it (can pass it) no biggee

DaveDiesel's Comment
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Would it be worth my applying for the hearing exemption?

The hearing test was included in both my DOT physicals . Maybe a hearing aid would be the way to go?

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.

Navypoppop's Comment
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I wear 2 hearing aids and while they help with most noises and conversation I doubt that I could pass a whisper test. After my 45 years on the road I feel like those 3 monkeys, hear no evil , see no evil , and speak no evil . Without the help of hearing aids I can't hear well, glasses I can't see well and dentures I can't talk or eat well. But being retired I don't worry just enjoy the RV life with my wife of 40 years.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PurebredCheezehead's Comment
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What in the world is a hearing exemption and how do I get it?? And Ah the good ol' whisper test..a thorn in my ear since I started in this industry! I have gotten this test both DOT physicals so far (have only had 2 though and both were the same doctors so it may differ elsewhere) Failed the first time..had to see an audiologist..get hearing aids (this cost me thousands of dollars) had a restriction placed on my CDL that hearing aids were required when operating a CMV. This was a HUGE pain in the A** and I hated them! I am not deaf by any means, I just could not hear someone whisper on the other side of the room. 2 yrs later I go for my fed med card renewal, fail without my hearing aids in, put one in and here the magic word "football" and yay I pass! It is removed as a restriction on my license..which I don't really understand as I was not "cured" so I am not really understanding what the point of it all was. I am curious to see what happens at my next renewal and I can't hear the whisper again but I am no longer "required" to wear my hearing aids. I DID NOT wear them in any part of my daily life. They were just too loud. Just wanted to throw my experience out there as it was quite costly to find out I couldn't hear well enough to drive a truck. I also find it ridiculous that you can have deafness as a disability (cant hear at all, no way to fix or make it better) and have your CDL. Seems a bit contradictory. It appears you don't drive all that much, but in my experience if you can't hear the whisper..off to the hearing aid store you go! 😁

Was told at my last DOT physical that I will not likely pass the hearing test on the next one. I'm 66 and in good health and physical condition, self employed, semi-retired and drive my 12K box (service truck) truck app. 50 miles a day a dozen days a year. Would it be worth my applying for the hearing exemption?

Thanks

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

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
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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