Hearing Loss


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Hearing Loss

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:20 pm
From: abrecan
To: Cr33p

Maybe try these:

Contact RNID's Information Line on Tel 0808 808 0123 or
text 0808 808 9000

There may be an RNID caseworker in your area (there is in mine)
These people do great work for the hearing impaired.

Maybe also start to push (the system can be very slow and unhelpful)
Also consider seeing your GP and get referred for hearing tests?

Email: charles.heslett @ ypn.co.uk and explain your issues?

0800 169 22 77 SPVA (Veterans Agency)
if you think it's caused by service?

If calling from abroad the number is: + 44 1253 866 043.


"Armed Forces Compensation Scheme"

" The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is for Serving personnel and ex-Service personnel whose injuries, wounds and illnesses arose on or after 6 April 2005

Please note that in some cases, claims may be considered under both schemes due to injuries, wounds and illnesses arising both before and after 6 April 2005."

" If you have any questions about your eligibility call the SPVA"

Also the veterans Knowledge Map:

Post this on the Site if you feel it's helpful, but leaving that to you.


20/11/08 2020h

Second door on the left mate.
Presuming your question was a serious one I thought my experiences may be of interest.
I was a spec op in the sigs for 22 years so my hearing had to be 100% . Towards the end of my time it started deteriorating badly and I developed Meniers , look it up , it is bloody horrible .
Although when I left the army I was effectively deaf in one ear I was unaware I could claim for this.
Some years later the British Legion raised the issue of claiming so I did.
It took 8 months of various medicals appointments and tests with specialists and consultants before MOD agreed my service had caused the problem , although my army medical docs would have had pages about it , but I eventually got 20% disability backdated to the date I had submitted the claim.
I have been advised not to try claiming again by the British Legion as it has got worse as MOD will call it age deterioration and stop what I am getting now.
By all means claim , keep good records of everything , if you can get your service med records and they have any mention of hearing problem get them. Only give out photo copies not originals , not surprisingly they go missing !!
Good luck with your claim if you decide to go ahead
After a long drawn out claim, compensation may be awarded, but it's not as simple as we might think and it's not guaranteed that awards will continue. So much for the so-called (non statutory) Military Covenant, then. :roll: which is more a statement of intent than anything else.

Veterans have been awarded compensation for problems "attributable to military service" but what isn't widely known is that sooner rather than later, claims will be "reconsidered" and benefits may well be cut.

There appear to be civilian agencies out there trimming costs and taking compensation away, by triggering "reviews or changes in circumstances", perhaps more realistically these are cost cutting exercises to meet agencies' targets. Apparently; some employment sales
consultants are expected to get three people into work, per week.

Yes, veterans and the disabled are being handled by Sales teams, with no other qualification other than hitting sales targets!!.

The current drive to get unemployed and disabled people back into work will also trigger reviews for injured veterans and help cut the public bills.

"A range of benefits are available for disabled people" they say. However, claiming for those benefits, like DLA, is an extremely difficult and daunting process, often requiring expert support.

And there's not much we can do about it all.
Believe me, what ABRECAN has posted is very true.

Believe me, you are treated like a piece of shite. The people that are in charge treat you no different than some scumbag off the estate that's never done a day's work in their life.

Anyway, back on thread.

"Up the stairs, first door on the right"
Is this the RBL? I'd assume with them you would not end up dealing with a bunch of target meeting scumbags?

Yes, I'm over 60 now, and a deaf old cnut. What? Yes, Fukcing Thursday!

I was an Air Traffic Controller, and back in 198x I was participating [as a Staff Officer] in some headset trials ... after which the scientist chappie running the test rig said, "You have a problem with high frequencies."

In 199x, on retirement, I went to the jolly people claiming loss of hearing. Excellent private medicine test facility, somewhere near Andover IIRC [I said ANDOVER]. Loads of tests, much more in-depth than I've ever known [as an ATCO you had an Annual Medical] after which the expert said "You obviously have a problem, because, whether you know it or not, you're trying to lip-read all the time." Further discussion revealed that my frequency loss was "Classic .303" from my time in the CCF/ATC and early days in the RAF ... and my sport, since I was 12, was target shooting :roll:

Sadly I was not deaf enough. No benefits, wife pi66ed off with having to repeat things, TV volume turned up ... buggrit :x
Did my claim through Veterans association because of slight hearing loss.
Thought it a good idea because in the first few years of serving we didn’t have ear plugs.
Wombats, 84 and other weapons with abundance of ammo.

Yes I must qualify, so I thought.
Nope, inner ear ok, outer ear only slight damage.
Long drawn out process, took around a year.
In the end, I was /am entitled to other damage caused by service.
So all in all worth proceeding with claim, but remember it's not just an investigation for your ears, its everything. :D

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