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Military service often comes with a range of risks and sacrifices, one of which is exposure to loud noises that can lead to hearing loss. Veterans who have experienced hearing damage or noise induced hearing loss during their service may be eligible to file a military deafness claim to receive compensation and support. In this article, we'll delve into the intricacies of military deafness claims, explaining the process and highlighting the importance of seeking compensation for veterans facing hearing-related issues.

Military deafness, also known as hearing loss or tinnitus, occurs when military personnel are exposed to excessive noise levels without adequate protection. This exposure can result from combat situations, training exercises, or the operation of noisy equipment such as firearms, heavy machinery, or aircraft. Over time, this exposure can lead to irreversible damage to the auditory system. 

The Impact of Military Deafness 

The loss of hearing can have a significant impact on a veterans quality of life.  Many of the veterans we have looked to pursue compensation for have struggled for years with not being able to hear in social situations or demanding working environments once they leave the army. Hearing loss and tinnitus can lead to social isolation, difficultites with communication, reduced job prospects and in cases we have dealt with in the past have a significant impact on mental health.     Like any other employer the military is also bound by the noise in work regulations act 1989.  They have a duty of care to provide their employees with adequate noise protection equipment if they are exposed to noise above 85db.  If they are or where negligent of this and your hearing has been damaged then we can look to assess how much damage has been sustained. 

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Hearing loss can manifest itself in a very subtle manner. 
It is not always completely apparent you may be suffering with damage although classical symptoms can present themselves as   

The criteria for a military noise damage claim

Who can claim for armed forces noise induced hearing loss? 

If you are current armed forced personnel or have left the army you can claim for armed forces noise damage. To make a successful claim our expert ENT Audiology team will diagnostically test and review your claim to check its validity. Once tested we will process your claim with our expert ENT consultants and our panel of solicitors specialising in noise damage claims who will then process your claim and pursue compensation. 

Hearing loss pre 1987 

Unfortunately if your claim is pertaining to hearing damage pre1987 while working for the British armed forces we cannot test or pursue your claim due to the technicalities associated with making a claim through the crown proceedings act. 

Who provides military noise damage compensation 

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a government scheme run by veterans uk to help compensate for any military personel who have been subject to any illness or injury as a consequence of their time in the military.  In this instance they also compensate for any noise induced hearing loss claims.  This  is a scheme for all personel who have suffered with noise damage on or after the 6th April 2005.  If your claim pertains to damage before the 6th Aril 2005 then we will pursue your claim through the war pensions scheme. 

If your noise damage is as a consequence of noise damage.
There are 2 main types of AFCS awards:


The cost of the course is £220


Guaranteed income payments (tax free regardless of personal tax threshold) 

What is the claims process


Seek Medical Diagnosis  Our team of expert ENT audiologists and ENT consultants will impartially run state of the art diagnostic testing to determine if you hearing has been affected by noise damage.  We are not a marketing company so our results are uncompromised and accurate.  Every test battery includes broadband tympanometry to further enhance the measurement of cochlear dead regions which is important when  a hearing test may not yet show signs of noise damage which does not always necessarily mean damage has not been done.  


 Our ENT consultants will then examine you and  write a report of our diagnostic finding to our specialised solicitors who have 20 years of experience in the field of noise induced compensation claims. 


We save you time- Often inaccurate hearing test results are undertaken whereby a patient may have ear wax or other abnormalities in the ear canal which are not removed before a hearing test is undertaken.  This can have a significant impact on hearing test results especially when noise damage can be very subtle in its appearance.  We make sure we perform microsuction to clear you ears before any type of testing is undertaken to ensure you have the most accurate test result. 


We are audiologists so you are being tested by professionals at our hearing centres across the country.  If you cannot come to us we can try and arrange a convenient appt at your home when possible.  We have been undertaing diagnostic noise induced hearing testing for industrial deafness for over 10 years so we are very experienced. 

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Military deafness claims are a crucial avenue for veterans to seek compensation and support for hearing loss or tinnitus resulting from their service. Understanding the claims process and gathering appropriate evidence can improve your chances of a successful claim. If you or someone you know is a veteran experiencing hearing-related issues, don't hesitate to explore this options