Veterans Hearing Fund
Veterans under the age of 75 are three-and-a-half times more likely to suffer with hearing loss than the general population*. If you have acquired a hearing loss during Service in the Armed Forces, The Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF) can provide support to you. The Veterans Hearing Fund is funded through a five year, £10m commitment from HM Treasury and is available to fund items to help you.
It is available to those who have a wellbeing need that cannot be met through statutory services (eg. through the NHS) or already have been fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant. VHF may fully fund hearing aids, additional therapies and support or assistive listening devices depending upon your situation.
It is a two stage process to apply for the Veterans Hearing Fund. Stage one assesses your eligibility and requires a submission copy of your Service medical records. To help with this, we have outlined below some initial eligibility criteria. Stage two will be completed and submitted by your local audiologist who will discuss your needs and the relevant equipment you may require to help improve your quality of life.
*2014, Lost Voices Report, Royal British Legion