Hearing standards, ALL questions in here.



I realise from the first post that most jobs only require you to have H2 hearing standards but was a bit confused as to whether that applied to infantry - could you please clarify?.

"Most trades only require H2, AAC soldiers and pilots* require H1, AGC MPGS* are accepted as H3."

I have my heart set on joining the infantry but don't want to give up if I fail the hearing test and I feel that I might. Is there more of a comprehensive list anywhere of what jobs only Require H2 so I can make some plans if I fail for infantry?



My hearing has been shot since 1987 I have been H3 H3 in both ears since then. Recently the Med centre threw a track and demanded that my Med Cat was incorrect (MFD) and I needed to be re-graded. I get that but they have now given me a temp grade of MND even.though I pleaded for it to be MLD which o can live with. I have been temp regarded by a civilian locum working in the Med Centre and advice I received from a mil source Sid that I should be MLD. Before I dig into PAP 10 can anyone on hear ;-) advise me whether they are correct.
Hi all, wondering if someone can shed some light for me..
I took an audiogram for my recruitment medical at a doctors surgery provided by capita. Anyway, longish story short, I achieved H2H2 but require H1H1, and the doctor did point out that I had the option to redo it privately since he didn't have a sound proofed room.
I've since done this, but I don't know if the figures I achieved are adequate for H1H1.
I scored...
500hz 1khz 2khz 3khz 4khz 6khz 8khz
Left 5, 0, 0, 10, 10, 0, 15
Right. 0, 5, 0, 0, 5, 15, 10

Annoyingly, I cannot remember what total score the first doctor said I needed. The second was under the impression that not all the scores were include in the total.

Anyone got any ideas????
Anything 45 or below is H1.
Add 500Hz, 1kHz and 2kHz for the lows
Add 3kHz, 4kHz and 6kHz for the highs
i.e. You have 5+0+0=5 in the lows this is not more than 45 so H1
The results you give(Left 5, 0, 0, 10, 10, 0, 15 Right. 0, 5, 0, 0, 5, 15, 10) are H1H1
No Problem,
Just remember to keep it that way by wearing the hearing protection you are issued and not overdoing iPod use (keep it below 75% volume and you should be fine).
If you are into clubbing or play in a band you can get special hearing protection for that too, it does not have to be expensive. The British Tinnitus Association have a good plug for 12 quid including postage
they are a great charity if you need one to support.
Forgot to mention double hearing protection, plugs (yellow foam or the yellow/green combat arms ear plugs) worn under muffs give the highest level of protection. If you can get hold of the Peltor ComTac muffs you can then turn up the volume and still retain some situational awareness.
Double protection is advised for all weapon s bigger than the 50 cal.
Hearing protection should be worn on exercise as well as on ranges.
Do you have to have hearing in both ears to pass the medical? I am deaf in one ear but have complete hearing in the other
My son at the selection centre failed the hearing test as it was found he could not hear the high decibels in his right ear his day to day hearing is fine which is why the outcome was a big shock to us

is there an appeal process the selection centre were on the brink of attesting him till a phone call instructing them not to came through he is looking join RLC reserves as a driver any heads up would be appreciated
Hi all,

Was about to start basic training came out of basic and told to rest 6-8 knee pain.

Got referred to Sailbury for hearing test and he said I'm just below the pass.

I took the hearing test back at Pirbright and was told I scored a low test but passed but they wanted to know why it was low so I got referred to Salisbury. The guy said it's not looking good for me cause his booth is better than the one at camp and potentially I could fail? And be unfit for service.

Can anyone help me? I think it was f2 hearing don't quote me on that. X


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Hearing standards, all questions in this thread please


Now that we have the obligatory joke about hearing over and done with, we can concentrate on the serious side of hearing standards for recruits.

All new entrants must have hearing acuity assessed by pure tone audiometry.

Audiometric basis of assessment. The basis of audiometric assessment is the summing of high and low frequency levels in decibels (dB) over 6 frequencies. The frequencies used are 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Kilohertz (kHz); The low frequencies being 0.5, 1 and 2 kHz and the high frequencies being 3, 4, and 5kHz. The hearing in each ear is assessed separately. The assessment is recorded under the first H for right ear, and under the second H for the left ear. The higher digit representing the worst frequency group, determines the individuals overall hearing category for each ear.

Audiometric standards, There are five grades of hearing acuity 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8.

Specialist advise will need to be sought to determine H4 and H8

See the attachment below for details

translation of the above, you have to have an audio test. each ear is assessed by a variety of tones in set frequencies. The frequencies are split into high and low. Check these against the table (link above) and you'll find out if you are too deaf to join. Most trades only require H2, AAC soldiers and pilots* require H1, AGC MPGS* are accepted as H3.
Soldiers who become a lower hearing grade during service may be retained.
* no direct entry for AAC pilots and MPGS anyway.
Is that pdf still in date? Thanks!

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