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    Hi,

    I have my raf medical on thursday, i'm pretty sure i will pass but one thing is concerning me. When i was around 7 or 8 (I am now 17), i had grommets put into my ears but they fell out years ago and i am just looking to confirm if i am still medically fit? has anybody else had this before?, if so can you reply and tell me your situation.

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    From the RAF website

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers/istherafforme/health.cfm

    You cannot join the RAF if you have eardrum ventilation tubes or grommets, if your eardrum is currently perforated or if you suffer from chronic ear dieases, such as cholesteatoma.

    So as with most of medical questions that get asked in here, you will have to wait for the medics to decide.
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    I have a friend who had grommets as a kid, he's now in the Army. To take the quote above from the website litterally, you only can't get in if you currently have them?
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    I think the problem with grommets that have fallen out is that the eardrum doesn't always close. So although the grommets are not in, the eardrum may still be perforated. Something only a medic can really check on.
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    Thanks for the replies, much appreciated, my only operation on my ears was the grommets, and that was 10 years ago, so my ears and eardrums are fine, so everything should be ok.
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    I had exactly the same thing, I had 3 sets when I was younger, probably 12 years ago now. I guess I'll just have to wait until the medical, but I think that there should only be a problem if you currently have grommets in, or if your eardrum is currently perforated.
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    I had grommets put in when i was younger, and then had them taken out a few years later. I stated this in the medical, and it wasn't an issue at all. Presumably if the reason why they were in in the first place is no more, you should be okay.
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    good good, that's put my mind at ease a little, thanks
 
 
 
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