I have been researching this career path for a while and have not been able to locate an answer for this type of issue. There is no doubt that I am willing to make the changes and sacrifices to begin training. My only hold up from taking the plunge is an ear problem. I know the answer will be revealed in my medical exams but I do not want to spend the money if my ear problem will disqualify me from being a pilot.
I had a bone removed from my right ear when I was 10. I have minimal hearing loss in that ear, however due to my age at the time I am not able to fully understand spoken words that go in that ear. I would say I understand about 80% if my left ear is taken out of the equation. If both ears are exposed to the sounds I have virtually no loss in word recognition.
The bone was also replaced by a zinc alloy prosthetic. I have been flying since that operation and my Ear Specialist had no concerns with my ear reacting to changes in pressure.
Would something like this disqualify me from a career in flying?
Thank you in advance. I really appreciate that you guys take the time to help people realize their dreams.