Legally Deaf Professional Federal Agents/Firefighters/Police Officers?

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I would like to know if there are any "legally deaf" professional police officers, career firefighters, federal agents, or military personnel on here.:hmm:

If you're one:
1- What state are you in, how old, and how "legally deaf" are you? Note if deafness if from birth or from a loss, please. If loss - how old were you?
2- Your exact position/title and how long you've been there for
3- What your duties entails
4- What training/education did you receive to obtain this position/title?
5- What accommodations were used to assist in the training/education?
6- What obstacles were faced, and how were they overcome/compensated? Why they were not?
7- Your Pros & Cons of being "legally deaf" in this position/title
8- Advice for another "legally deaf" with a pursuit in similar career field?

Only interested in responses from professionals who are legally deaf and in the above professions. Thanks!
 

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Please don't make duplicate threads here, one is enough. :)


We have an old member who works in police department. Depsusie I believe... she'd be the one you'd ask but I'm afraid she hasn't been around in a long time.

Depsusie
 

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highly doubt theres any "legally deaf" police officers, firefighters or anything of that nature. Your inability to hear and detect sounds could put you and everyone around you at a greater risk. And if there are people in these fields you can be quite certain their roles are very limited.
 

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I'm stuck on the "legally" deaf part. That seems like a process you'd go through with Socidl Security department to collect benefits, and if you're doing that you don't have a career......

Course I could be making a completely wrong assumption here.
 

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is there even such a thing as legally deaf? there's D/deaf, hard of hearing, different levels of hearing loss. What makes one "legally" deaf? I don't think "legally deaf" is an official term, just something hearing people came up with, like hearing impaired..?
 

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I have no idea lol there's legally blind, maybe they made it up?
 

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The definition of legal blindness was developed to help people receive government assistance. Also, as you can imagine, the department of motor vehicles (DMV) has to have some way of measuring vision in order to keep our roads and highways safe. Unlike the condition of being legally blind, there are no definitions of what is considered Legally Deaf.
 

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there's legally deaf porn stars...but that doesnt require much talking though- right? lol
 

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I would like to know if there are any "legally deaf" professional police officers, career firefighters, federal agents, or military personnel on here.:hmm:

If you're one:
1- What state are you in, how old, and how "legally deaf" are you? Note if deafness if from birth or from a loss, please. If loss - how old were you?
2- Your exact position/title and how long you've been there for
3- What your duties entails
4- What training/education did you receive to obtain this position/title?
5- What accommodations were used to assist in the training/education?
6- What obstacles were faced, and how were they overcome/compensated? Why they were not?
7- Your Pros & Cons of being "legally deaf" in this position/title
8- Advice for another "legally deaf" with a pursuit in similar career field?

Only interested in responses from professionals who are legally deaf and in the above professions. Thanks!

I can pretty much tell you that the only people with hearing loss in those professions lost their hearing after they were accepted. I'm speaking of military/federal law Enforcement including agent positions. You can't have hearing loss prior to joining but if it's after the fact, it's another matter. In federal and law enforcement, it can impact career advancement since the job requires a good degree of hearing and vision. If yours has diminished, certain jobs will be unavailable to you.

Laura
 

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I have no idea lol there's legally blind, maybe they made it up?

yes legally blind is a real terms, and so there should be legally d/Deaf, I'd like that , more power to the d/Deaf against discrimination !!
 

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I had a couple friends in college..one wanted to be a police officer and the other a fireman.

Only one finally became a fireman....about 8 years ago.....after a very long and expensive lawsuit.

Can one be deaf and a police officer? It is possible.....on a campus with deaf people.

Out there in the real world? I doubt it. Like the others say....being able to hear very quiet sounds can mean life or death for a police officer.

I've wanted to be an FBI agent....I probably would qualify for a desk job, but not field work, which is what I want to do.
 

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I know in NYS there's a requirement that EMT's must be able to communicate with hospital staff via radio in English, so that would exclude many deaf. That said, I did ride with a HOH EMT who was able to pass her EMT exam. She could use the radio but couldn't hear well enough to take a full BP so instead had to do it by palpation, which is allowed.
 

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I live in a fake world so in my world, yes it is possible as there is nothing real about us. - end sarcasm -
 

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The idea of a Deaf Police Officer is Entertaining to me. Most hearing people when they get arrested, spout off at the Mouth, Scream, Yell and Make Threats... Deaf Police Officer can't hear and therefore wouldn't care. Something about this makes me giggle like a school girl.
 

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Legally Deaf? :laugh2: Just sounds funny, I get what the OP means, but put that way is... :laugh2:

Anyway, I work in the medical field and personally speaking, I know of a few Deaf paramedics, fire-fighters and even a few Police officers here. They have C.I's yes, but they're still Deaf. The police officers I know of work in the correctional area of the department, not sure if they were even on road or if there are any on the road. I live in Florida. :P As far as certifications and all that, I know that to be a police officer here in this area of Florida they require X amount of college hours, sheriffs require associates degrees, Fire-fighters require X amount of college hours and anything medical requires College as well. :dunno2: Not sure about other states or whatever but that's just here. :P
 

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Can one be deaf and a police officer? It is possible.....on a campus with deaf people.


No, you can't...at a college or in the police force...if you become deaf on the job, it's called early retirement.

Just to comment, I'm sure the OP was referring to the legal definition of the word in the sense that a person who's legally blind, may have restrictions on being able to drive or can't drive, even though they wear glasses and appear to see fine, read the paper, see a film, etc., A person that's legally deaf will hear fine with hearing aids, but doesn't hear without them, and it's not a mild loss but an inability to function on any level without hearing aids. I'm not sure why the description was so funny but it's used often.
 

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According to the one definition above it is considered legally blind by way of the definition of the amount of disability. I would guess that being Social Security?
I remember sorting out the Social Security disability definition for deafness.
It was defined with hearing aid/implant in and working. I don't remember the rest. Anyone else have it?
 

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Where Chris LS? His silence is where?

There are NO responses from professionals BECAUSE they have to be NOT legally deaf and thus cannot be in the above professions.

see
FBI — Homepage
Untitled Document
United States Secret Service
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
all have medical requirement. Less than perfect hearing, you're cannot apply.

Defenselink all military personnel are except from Section 501 of the Rehab Act of 1973.

There are deaf firefighters. Neil has a blog somewhere.



I would like to know if there are any "legally deaf" professional police officers, career firefighters, federal agents, or military personnel on here.:hmm:

If you're one:
1- What state are you in, how old, and how "legally deaf" are you? Note if deafness if from birth or from a loss, please. If loss - how old were you?
2- Your exact position/title and how long you've been there for
3- What your duties entails
4- What training/education did you receive to obtain this position/title?
5- What accommodations were used to assist in the training/education?
6- What obstacles were faced, and how were they overcome/compensated? Why they were not?
7- Your Pros & Cons of being "legally deaf" in this position/title
8- Advice for another "legally deaf" with a pursuit in similar career field?

Only interested in responses from professionals who are legally deaf and in the above professions. Thanks!
 

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yup. Deaf police agents arresting deaf people? Isn't that snitching or ratting a deaf person??

Something I learned at Gallaudet. You sign to DPS and you're a snitch. Just like on the streets of DC and Baltimore

The idea of a Deaf Police Officer is Entertaining to me. Most hearing people when they get arrested, spout off at the Mouth, Scream, Yell and Make Threats... Deaf Police Officer can't hear and therefore wouldn't care. Something about this makes me giggle like a school girl.
 
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