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#1 parks plod

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:07 PM

Hi all
My son is 16 years old and a cadet in the Met. He has shown an interest in becoming a Special when he is old enough with a view to joining the regulars. My question is will he be able to join with a hearing impairment? He wears two hearing aids and had a moderate high frequency hearing loss, he is not totally deaf and can hear perfectly well with his aids.
Any advice gratefully received.
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Edited by parks plod, 07 September 2011 - 12:07 PM.


#2 Dale-Staffs

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:21 PM

Hi all
My son is 16 years old and a cadet in the Met. He has shown an interest in becoming a Special when he is old enough with a view to joining the regulars. My question is will he be able to join with a hearing impairment? He wears two hearing aids and had a moderate high frequency hearing loss, he is not totally deaf and can hear perfectly well with his aids.
Any advice gratefully received.
Many Thanks


Hi

I doubt if anyone on here can give a definite answer to your question because each case is assessed on its own merit.

I do know there are certain standards but also know the police force is positive about disabilities and will appoint people with certain disabilities if they can meet the minimum required standards,

I guess it would be no different than someone who has to wear glasses to aid their vision.

My advice is ring the recruitment team.

Good luck to your son

Dale

Edited by Dale-Staffs, 07 September 2011 - 12:22 PM.


#3 parks plod

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Dale I will speak to his cadet leaders too

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

Hi all
My son is 16 years old and a cadet in the Met. He has shown an interest in becoming a Special when he is old enough with a view to joining the regulars. My question is will he be able to join with a hearing impairment? He wears two hearing aids and had a moderate high frequency hearing loss, he is not totally deaf and can hear perfectly well with his aids.
Any advice gratefully received.
Many Thanks


Hi Parks Plod,

The following is what I have retrieved from the METs "fit for the job" pdf, which details info about the medical assessment and fitness test your son will undertake on day 2 when he applies, if he passes day 1.

The section on hearing states:

You may need to hear your colleagues, members of the public and a radio in noisy surroundings. So you need good hearing to be fit for the job. We are able to consider candidates who wear hearing aids and people who are deaf in one ear. All candidates whose hearing is below the ideal level get a specialist review by our in-house ear, nose and throat team to decide whether they are fit to enter. TO PASS – protect your ears from too much noise especially for two days before the medical. Don’t ride a motorbike, work with noisy tools or go to any gigs. Ask your practice nurse to check that your ears are clear of wax.


As it states, having hearing aids doesn't mean it will be an automatic fail. Further investigation will be undertaken into your son's hearing if it is below the ideal level.

Here is the link for the PDF document, specifically from the MET: http://www.metpolice...theJob_2010.pdf

Best of luck :aok:

Edited by carty23, 07 September 2011 - 12:28 PM.
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#5 parks plod

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:27 PM

Thats fantastic thanks very much

#6 MindTheGap

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:54 PM

Just wanted to say wish him the very best of luck when he applies, I'm sure he'll pass the medical!

#7 parks plod

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:16 AM

Thanks Mike I'll get him sign up on here ;)

#8 declan

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:57 AM

Parks plod any update?? How's it going with your lad, if I can help in any way feel free to PM me

#9 Straightjacket

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:48 AM

Parks plod any update?? How's it going with your lad, if I can help in any way feel free to PM me



Still got 2yrs before old enough to apply so can't see much happening any time soon.




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