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.
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
Edited by carty23, 07 September 2011 - 12:28 pm.
Further info added