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Noise induced hearing loss

BARNEYRNSM

War Hero
I have been out of the mob nearly two and a half years now. On discharge I was diagnosed with the above due to service in diesel electric submarines, but it is not enough to get compensation. Mrs Barneyrnsm is sick to death of having the TV loud enough so I can hear it. Went for a civvy hearing test and i can get digital hearing aids for about £500 per ear. has anyone experience of NHS hearing aids or claiming for the cost of the digital hearing aids from the MOD.
I await the funny retorts of eh what you saying and useful posts!
Thanks!
 
I seem to remember (prob like you) a fair number getting a payment for something along those lines. You had to have joined before a certain date which I can't remember. It was to do with ear defenders and the fact they weren't issued as PPE before a certain date.

This is something close to me, because I think my hearing has been affected over the years spent in machinery spaces even thou I keep passing the hearing test. Unless you have something noted in your docs, I think you might be pissing in the wind.

Have there been any studies measuring the decibel levels around boats? Must have been in this modern age.
 
I had this in my civvy work i was compesated just over 7000 pounds .My left ear is 50% worse than the right attributed to rifle fire on the ranges etc that was put on my medical report but i got nothing from the mob.It is all to do with )they dont like paying out if its after the date youve no chance .If you go NHS and they test your lugs and the test sas you need aids you will get them .My wife did
 
When we decommisioned Opportune in 93 the H&S people came down the boat and accessed the noise in the motor room and from what I can remember he said we should have worn ear duffs,we had the main motors running,2x main motor blowers,2x 60Hz MGs,1xLPMG,1x400HzMG,1xCP voltage MG and his machine went off the scale.
 
I have high frequency hearing loss due to service in diesel-electric boats. I have now been equipped with a pair of hearing aids to help compensate for said loss. The problem with high frequency is that speech is divided into two basic components - high freq and low freq, one being vowels, the other consonants. So, consonants being high frequency, occassionally in conversation i miss understand or fail to hear what somebody says. This results in me 'assuming' what somebody has said and formatting an answer accordingly. Naturally, this can result in the person who asked the question in the first place looking at you as though you have just gone completely loony tunes as the answer you have given actually bears no relation to the question asked in the first place.
I was referred to the consultant in Derriford by the RN - consequently my hearing aids etc were free. They do help, but occasionally the help a bit too much and certain sounds can become a nuisance so I often take the buggers out.
I'm still in - hence my free stuff.
I did read some time ago about a sliding scale of compo for hearing loss (noise induced) - might be worth asking the british legion or war pensions agency on that one - I know that that is what I'll be doing when the time is right, as I have been advised to do so by my doc who is a civvy locum in Drake.
 
I have every sympathy.
I'm sure many years of Naval Gunnery have fooked my ears up even though on discharge my hearing was "OK".

I now have what is considered "social deafness", where if background noise rises above a certain level, (quite low), I really strain to hear what is being said.

I know my dit is of no help but I just want you to know you're not the only one.
 
BarneyRNSM

When the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme was reviewed just over a year ago, I know that hearing loss was something which was looked at and some changes were made. You may be eligible for sufficient funds to enable you to buy the hearing aids you need. You may be well advised to speak to the SPVA on Monday.
 
Barney

I may have accidentally misled you - you may have to apply under the War Pensions Scheme which is for injury prior to April 2005 - the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme which I gave you the leaflet for is for injury after April 2005 - I don't know which one you will fall under, but I'm sure the SPVA guys will know.

Pensions and Compensation
 
I have high frequency hearing loss due to service in diesel-electric boats. I have now been equipped with a pair of hearing aids to help compensate for said loss. The problem with high frequency is that speech is divided into two basic components - high freq and low freq, one being vowels, the other consonants. So, consonants being high frequency, occassionally in conversation i miss understand or fail to hear what somebody says. This results in me 'assuming' what somebody has said and formatting an answer accordingly. Naturally, this can result in the person who asked the question in the first place looking at you as though you have just gone completely loony tunes as the answer you have given actually bears no relation to the question asked in the first place.
I was referred to the consultant in Derriford by the RN - consequently my hearing aids etc were free. They do help, but occasionally the help a bit too much and certain sounds can become a nuisance so I often take the buggers out.
I'm still in - hence my free stuff.
I did read some time ago about a sliding scale of compo for hearing loss (noise induced) - might be worth asking the british legion or war pensions agency on that one - I know that that is what I'll be doing when the time is right, as I have been advised to do so by my doc who is a civvy locum in Drake.
WPA paid a pension for hearing loss above 20% and a lump sum below 20%.
It was c. 1993 when they stopped paying anything for hearing loss below 20% They do consider tinnitus to be a hearing-impaired condition however.
 
I thought that might be the case.

I read through both and got the impression that the AFCS, especially in its reviewed form, allows more flexibility in the hearing loss area and thus allows compensation to a wider range of applicants. The problem with the WPS is that it contains a very specific paragraph which makes it clear that anyone suffering hearing impairment below a certain cut-off point will not be compensated.

I note that the RNID has taken an interest in this.

I also see that one or two private hearing aid providers are mentioning Armed Forces personnel on their websites.
 

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