Hearing loss

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EScotia

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Is there anyone on here that can tell me if anyone has successfully challenged SPVA War Pension on Noise Induced Sensoineural Hearing Loss (NISHL) and on what grounds?

I have a tribunal approaching and part of my challenge to the WP award is that for NISHL they used the last audiogram taken before the change to AFCS despite my final date of service being in 2012 from an unrelated medical discharge. I also intend to claim that audiogram measurement undertaken in medical centres is now an outdated and partial measurement compared to that used by the NHS and can be administered by unqualified staff in less than ideal surroundings.

I've since had a full hearing assessment on the NHS and they found I suffered from mild to moderate hearing loss and as a result will be fitted with hearing aids in both ears in Feb.
 
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Say again, over?
 
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EScotia

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Sorry EScotia I have just noticed this thread...

Throughout your service did you report sick with hearing loss problems? Or was it picked up on your final medical?




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Yes, hearing loss well documented and accepted by SPVA as due to service. What War Pensions have done was use an audiology test from before April 2005 rather than the test undertaken during the preliminaries for my FMB. The latest one indicates H2 / H3 but the much more thorough test done by the NHS shows mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears requiring hearing aids to be fitted.
 
#9
Might be funny if I was at junior school, cock.
What, like yesterday, then? Lurking doesn't count. Though I must commend you on having the restraint to interrupt with punctuation what I assume must be your sexual preference.
 
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What, like yesterday, then? Lurking doesn't count. Though I must commend you on having the restraint to interrupt with punctuation what I assume must be your sexual preference.
Stop being a dick.
 
#11
Ok.
 
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Good luck with it, not uncommon sadly, especially amongst ex REME mechanics, armoured, mortars, etc. I'm wearing a lovely piece, (actually I refuse because I'm a vain bugger), I'm not yet 50' ears have been buggererd for years, I just know there's no point even arguing with the SPVA.
 
#14
Incidentally, I got a buy from VAC ( Veteran's' Affairs) Canada for the same. Damned ear defenders don't defend much when putting a few dozen rounds through the Scorpion's 76mm.So I'm not just a dick, but a deaf one, too
 
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EScotia

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Hi Escotia,

Did you go to Tribunal? If so what was the outcome?

The rules on Hearing Loss were changed in 1993 because too many veterans were claiming. In order to meet the 20% rule you have to have at 50dbl loss averaged over 1,2 and 3khz in both ears.

The rules are all laid down in Sevice Pension Order 2006:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/606/schedules/mad
Put in for tribunal and got a date but as the tribunal cannot challenge the Law I submitted a deterioration route due to the state of my shoulder and put the tribunal on hold.

SPVA WPS agreed the deterioration (shoulder actually needs replacing but as I'm only 55 I'm considered too young for the op) so I'm now on 40%. I cancelled the tribunal as I feel 40% is pretty fair. I will however be going back to tribunal against the AFCS tariff they awarded.
 
#17
I assume these days there is very little scope for claims down to hearing loss since they provide hearing protection. Still didn't stop me losing a smidge of my hearing and having some lovely tinnitus.

Unfortunately on the ranges every now and again some ****** lifts one side of your ear defenders to try speak to you whilst you're knelt between two SF role GPMGs firing away trying to fix another tripod. Or the penis who let rip with a .50 HMG downrange when we had all stopped to have a quick natter.
 
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I have a claim going thru at the moment with a local solicitor,set up by my RAFA rep,for hearing loss from working on Fast Jets & ranges during my RAF career,I'm awaiting on my letter with an appointment to see a hearing specialist to take it forward but I also know of a couple other guys (Stackers) who've gotten upwards of £3k awarded out of court settlement.
 
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I have a claim going thru at the moment with a local solicitor,set up by my RAFA rep,for hearing loss from working on Fast Jets & ranges during my RAF career,I'm awaiting on my letter with an appointment to see a hearing specialist to take it forward but I also know of a couple other guys (Stackers) who've gotten upwards of £3k awarded out of court settlement.
I bought several private aids when I was diagnosed, but recently tried the free NHS ones from Specsavers - they are the best of the lot and a bonus is free batteries. Give the NHS a try you don't have anything to lose.
 
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I have been told I'm H3 in both ears, but they don't think it's down to being exposed to loud bangs (Mortars & NI), I've been to Gosport where they've issued me hearing aids.

I have put in a AFCS Claim, been over a year now so waiting to see the outcome.
 

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