Preset No.3 wrote:
Spare me the lectures BUT Is there any way to fool the medical? Do they look for your past medical records? The reason i ask is that 2 years, whilst in the middle of my ATPLs I found out I had diabeties. Now for the past year my blood sugar levels have been fine, I cant remember the last time I had a low and also I am doing some alternative health treatment and its knocked my blood sugar into place. Apart from flying the other thing I always wanted to do was serve but the money stopped me doing it full time. So do they look for loads of past medical history?
Just a note on the medical. I did mine a couple of weeks ago. Everything went well bar the hearing test. I have no problem in normal day to day work with it, but they noted it anyway and referred me for a professional audiometry test.
As for the eyesight test: Yes, they are very strict, same as with the Reserve Defence Forces. If you are below the requirement stated in the letter you will fail! It happened to some people I met there.
They will test your eyesight without the glasses only I think, whereas in the RDF they test with glasses on and after some minutes with the glasses off.
Body mass index can also be a problem in some cases. As well as hearing.
Hey Preusse, hope ye get good news soon after you submit the report. Quick question, when you said about the eyesight test and the ''requirment stated in the letter'' what letter were you refering to??
... As far as I can see the only place these requirements are explicitely stated is on the letter I received inviting me for interview. There is no eyesight requirements stated anywhere else as far as I can make out...
... Preusse: Thanks for the reply, if ye remember where ye saw that info let me know..
... Successful applicants will be required to undergo a medical examination. Any of the following examples of medical conditions may be a bar to passing the medical examination: Defective Vision, Varicose veins, Obesity, Albumenuria, Dental Caries, Defective hearing, Hypertension, etc. The eyesight requirement is 6/18, 6/18, correctable to 6/9, 6/12.
Sorry to hear about your disappointment. Would it be worth while writing to the Asst. Commissioner who wrote to you and say more or less what you have said in this message. You would have nothing to loose. Don't give up until you exhaust all avenues.
baton charge wrote:
Yes you are absolutely right the amount that fail the Medical is very high.There were alot who failed the hearing test when I went for my medical.I think all told about 300 out of 700 applicants can expect to make it to Templemore so there is a lot of weeding out in between.
I didn't know that. Is the hearing the only thing that people commonly fail on or are there other common things that they pick up on ???
baton charge wrote:
... I wonder have all those nights Clubbing taken their toll on peoples hearing over the years???? ...
Update: Referral to professional audiometry test.
The test at the Garda HQ wasn't great but they referred me, told me that once I have a professional hearing test done and am aware of my hearing problem (which doesn't affect my day-to-day life in any way) it shouldn't be a problem.
So off I went got an audiometry test done in the Beacon for Euro 80,00. The audiometrist told me that the Garda test showed a slightly worse result then she got but she said that in any case it shouldn't affect my normal routine duty. So I sent everything off to the medical officer in Garda HQ and waited....two weeks ago came a letter from the Assistent Commissioner thanking me for my interest but unfortunately, they couldn't progress my application as the Medical Officer of the Gardai said my hearing was below the required level.
What got me was that they knew this on the day of the medical, still told me they had some lee-way and I should get a test done by a professional which I did and which was even better than the gardai one in results, got interviews with inspector and my Superintendent in the mean-time, and got recommendations from them and in the end it was all for nothing. Very disappointing.