CFR Part § 67.305 - Pilot Medical Standards Ear, nose, throat, & equilibrium 3rd Class Certificate

Pilot Medical Standards from CFR Part 67 for Aviation Medical Certification

Apr 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide, FAA and FDA web data ( &, instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

Ear, nose, throat, and equilibrium standards for a third class airman medical certificate are:

  1. The person shall demonstrate acceptable hearing by at least one of the following tests:

    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, using the calibration standards of the American National Standards Institute, 1969:

      CFR Part 67 Hearing Standards

      Frequency (Hz)500 Hz1000 Hz2000 Hz3000 Hz
      Better ear (Db)35303040
      Poorer ear (Db)35505060
  2. No disease or condition of the middle or internal ear, nose, oral cavity, pharynx, or larynx that—

    1. Interferes with, or is aggravated by, flying or may reasonably be expected to do so; or

    2. Interferes with clear and effective speech communication.

  3. No disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of equilibrium.

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