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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please could you help me the judgment: KT and SH v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] UKUT 252 (AAC) in relation to the evidence you used to prove a person without hearing impairment would be able to hear a normal alarm when shower with the door closed.

Please could you provide this evidence. Hearing is assessed without hearing aids, so could you helpfully point me to the frequency and decibel levels at which someone can and can't hear.

Yours faithfully,

David Smith

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KT and SH v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (PIP) [2020] UKUT 252 (AAC):

https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC...

'2. I set aside the part of KT’s First-tier Tribunal decision dated 7 June 2016 (heard under reference SC227/16/00444) that relates to washing and bathing. I also set aside the part of SH’s First-tier Tribunal decision dated 28 April 2017 (heard under reference SC241/16/00592) that relates to washing and bathing.

[references to decibels]

47. ...After opining that even a louder than typical alarm was unlikely to be sufficiently audible for KT, Jenna Quail said that a “sound level above 90dBSPL at this frequency carries a significant risk of damaging the cochlea ... of a typical hearing person if they also happen to be present”...

148. The parties agreed as follows —

(i) KT’s audiogram showed a right ear average of 66 dBHL, a left ear average of 59 dBHL, and so a 62.5 dBHL average for both ears. SH’s audiogram showed a right ear average of 57 dBHL, a left ear average of 65 dBHL, and so a 61 dBHL average for both ears.

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