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    Does anyone know if having a 10% VA disability rating for tinnitus (occasional ringing in the ears) can bar you from becoming employed as a CO with the BOP or an 1811 with the DEA or ATF? Assuming that one can pass the standards of the individual agency of course.
    Those who have struggled with failure more appreciate success; than those who succeed but never themselves test.

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    It will in no way hinder you from either position. I don't recall the medical screening process for an 1811 position even mentioning ringing in the ears, just overall hearing loss below a certain threshold.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 3531Marine View Post
      Does anyone know if having a 10% VA disability rating for tinnitus (occasional ringing in the ears) can bar you from becoming employed as a CO with the BOP or an 1811 with the DEA or ATF? Assuming that one can pass the standards of the individual agency of course.
      Marine, I am in the process for Customs and Border Protection Officer. I disclosed in my medical exam that I had developed tinnitus returning from Afghanistan. The doctor that conducted the exam and reviewed the hearing test stated that the test was normal and well within the acceptable federal LEO standards. My medical cleared with CBP without ever having to see an audiologist or provide additional medical documentation.
      GEO: SWB
      CBP test - 08/24/12 - Fayetville, NC.
      TSL1/TSL2 - 10/15/12
      VBT/SI - 10/19/12 - LAX Re-sched
      Medical - 10/23/12 - Cleared 02/04/13
      PFT1 - 10/23/12 - Cleared 12/7/12
      Forms/Eqip - 10/25/12 - Sent
      Forms - 01/09/13 - Selective Serv
      Forms/Eqip - 01/21/13 - Re-submitted
      VBT/SI - 01/29/13 - Norfolk, VA. - Cleared
      Drug test - ???
      BI - Pending - Security Office

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      • #4
        Thank you both for your input, I appreciate it.
        Those who have struggled with failure more appreciate success; than those who succeed but never themselves test.

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        • #5
          Marine, came across the Federal LEO hearing requirements. Here they are if you didn't already have them:

          Hearing

          Must have hearing in both ears
          In the frequency range of 500-2000 Hz, the deficit should not exceed 30 decibels in either ear
          At 3000 Hz, the deficit should not exceed 40 decibels in either ear
          Standards must be met without the use of a hearing aid during testing
          GEO: SWB
          CBP test - 08/24/12 - Fayetville, NC.
          TSL1/TSL2 - 10/15/12
          VBT/SI - 10/19/12 - LAX Re-sched
          Medical - 10/23/12 - Cleared 02/04/13
          PFT1 - 10/23/12 - Cleared 12/7/12
          Forms/Eqip - 10/25/12 - Sent
          Forms - 01/09/13 - Selective Serv
          Forms/Eqip - 01/21/13 - Re-submitted
          VBT/SI - 01/29/13 - Norfolk, VA. - Cleared
          Drug test - ???
          BI - Pending - Security Office

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          • #6
            I have a 30% rating, 10% of which is for tinnitus, and I passed medicals for 2 state and 1 federal agency.
            I make my living on Irish welfare.

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