Posted on Apr 18, 2018
SGT Jonathan Babb
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I'm a 37F reservist who will soon be transferring to an Airborne unit. I'm excited, but also concerned. A few years ago, I had difficulties passing my hearing test on the very high frequencies and ended up with a permanent profile, and PULHES of 111311... It ruined my ability to attend DLI, and am now worried it'll ruin my ability to attend Jump School. I've since taken my hearing a lot more seriously, and am consistently scoring as an H2 on the last three hearing tests. Is there a way to challenge my permanent profile and change my current PULHES? LHI says I'm an "H2" but my PULHES still reads 111311. I'm not sure what the difference is, or if that means I can jump or not. Any actionable info is greatly appreciated.
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MSG Dan Castaneda
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I have an H3 profile for 50% hearing loss. I've had this profile since 2007 and have been to many schools since. There are waivers for every school the Army has to include jump school. I would call the 507th school house and have them email you a copy of their waiver form and have your doctor fill it out. Also, ask them exactly what it is they are looking for. Whether it be a specific person's signature. Your only going to get one crack at this. It should be easy. Good luck.
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SGT Jonathan Babb
SGT Jonathan Babb
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I appreciate the advice, MSG. It's been a challenge finding another soldier who can speak from experience.
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WO1 Allied Trades Technician
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Yes you can get it changed. It’s not even really that hard. I had a two that needed to be changed in order to attend WOCS. I went to the medical detachment and sat down with the PA and discussed the issue. End result was I got the two changed to a one and was able to attend WOCS.

I’m in the national guard so I can’t vouch for the reserves but I would assume that it would involve speaking with a military DR. Just make sure you pay extra car to not be around any loud noises for 24hr before and have the last three hearing test available. They’ll probably want them to establish a trend.
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SGT Jonathan Babb
SGT Jonathan Babb
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Thanks for sharing your experience, ma'am. This sounds like the best course of action. Do you have LHI in the National Guard? I've only spoken with civilian doctor's through LHI. I don't yet know how to find and schedule an appointment with a military doctor. LHI told me to contact the Reserve Medical Management Command yesterday, but I have no idea who in the entirety of that command can actually assist me in reevaluating my profile.
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SGT Mark Halmrast
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I don't know about your ears...but I will comment on...Airborne!

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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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Many, many jumpers have severe high frequency loss, including me, SGT Mark Halmrast!
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