I want to test my hearing prior to taking the Class 1 FAA medical test to be an airliner pilot?

Question by Guitar Guy: I want to test my hearing prior to taking the Class 1 FAA medical test to be an airliner pilot?
My question is:
How do i test my hearing at 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, and 3000Hz without using complicated or expensive equipment?

Preferably, I need an online tone generator with which i can set the frequency and volume in Hz and Db respectively

Best answer:

Answer by Warbird Pilot
Find an Audiologist in the Yellow Pages, pay the money.

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One Response to “I want to test my hearing prior to taking the Class 1 FAA medical test to be an airliner pilot?”

  1. Techwing says:

    The hearing requirements are very modest for a Class 1 medical, especially in comparison to the relatively draconian requirements for the certification in other respects. If you can hear conversation okay at a cocktail party, you should be fine for the medical.

    Testing your hearing yourself requires specially calibrated equipment and headphones, so it’s not very practical. Plus, you might want to see the results certified on paper. So you should see a doctor if you want an accurate test … but chances are that you are fine as long as you’ve never had any trouble with your hearing.

    Indeed, many experienced pilots have impaired hearing from many years of riding in aircraft cockpits, which traditionally have been extremely noisy, but they can still pass the medical.

    Here are the actual standards:

    (1) Demonstrate an ability to hear an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears, at a distance of 6 feet from the examiner, with the back turned to the examiner.

    (2) Demonstrate an acceptable understanding of speech as determined by audiometric speech discrimination testing to a score of at least 70 percent obtained in one ear or in a sound field environment.

    (3) Provide acceptable results of pure tone audiometric testing of unaided hearing acuity according to the following table of worst acceptable thresholds:

    At least 35 dB, 30 dB, and 40 db for 500 Hz, 1000/2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz, respectively, in the more sensitive of the two ears; and

    At least 35 dB, 50 dB, and 60 dB at 500 Hz, 1000/2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz, respectively, in the less sensitive of the two ears.

    The use of hearing aids to reach these standards is acceptable, and so is simply turning up the volume on headphones, under certain conditions.


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