What does Hearing Forces do?
Hearing Forces offers information and support in easy-to-access local community settings and people’s homes throughout Scotland. We make sure that veterans, their families and their carers get the support they need to address any concerns about their hearing loss or tinnitus. We offer:
- Hearing aid maintenance and support
- Information and advice
- Advice on useful equipment to improve everyday life (e.g. amplified telephones, personallisteners)
- Support both before and after hearing aids have been fitted
- Peer support groups
- Referrals to other Unforgotten Forces partners, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland services and other helpful organisations
- Volunteering opportunities
Why we are supporting veterans with hearing loss
Hearing loss is a common health issue in the armed forces. Many veterans have been exposed to loud noise from small arms fire, artillery, engines and other machinery, and explosives. The 2014 ‘Lost Voices’ report, collated by the Royal British Legion with support from Action on Hearing Loss, found that veterans under the age of 75 are around three and half times more likely to experience hearing loss than the general population.
Working in Partnership
Hearing Forces is part of Unforgotten Forces – a collaboration of 15 leading organisations in Scotland supporting older veterans and their families in Scotland. Unforgotten Forces delivers a range of new services across Scotland. These services cover areas such as advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite care, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.
Four million pounds was awarded to Unforgotten Forces to undertake a three-year programme from 2017. The application for funding was made to the HM Treasury grant-giving body funded from Libor banking fines. The money will be used over the next three years to improve the coordination of existing provision and introduce new services aimed at supporting older veterans.
Get in touch:
To find out more about Hearing Forces: telephone: 07388 227407 or email: Hearing.Forces@hearingloss.org.uk