Our Aged Veterans project offers information and support to older veterans with hearing loss or tinnitus, and their families and carers, across England and Wales.
The project focuses on supporting veterans born before 1 January 1950, but we will assist all veterans who contact us.
Our aim is to help older veterans with hearing difficulties access local support services and, as a result, feel better able to connect with their families, friends and communities.
What we offer
We provide information and support to older veterans in local community settings or through home visits for those who are unable to travel.
• basic hearing screenings
• information about assistive equipment
• support to help you access NHS services
• information on benefits
• information about local community groups
• other complementary information and support.
We also provide support to the families and carers of older veterans with hearing loss or tinnitus, and work with community groups to enable them to be more inclusive of veterans with hearing loss.
Our Aged Veterans project is funded by the Chancellor, using LIBOR Funds, and runs until 2020. We aim to have a lasting impact on the services that support veterans to manage their hearing loss or tinnitus.
Why we support veterans with hearing loss
Hearing loss is a common health issue in the armed forces. Many veterans were repeatedly exposed to loud noise from small arms fire, artillery, engines and other machinery, and explosions, during service, which caused permanent hearing damage.
The 2014 Lost Voices report, produced by the Royal British Legion with our support, found that veterans under the age of 75 are around three and a half times more likely to experience hearing loss than the general population.
Get in touch
To find out more about how our Aged Veterans project can support you, please contact the project worker in your area:
London and the South EastMegan Gibbs
Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Central Region (The Midlands)Ruth Parsons
Northern EnglandHelen Williams
South West EnglandAll enquiries to:
Telephone : 01983 529 533
Textphone : 01983 529 998