Hearing Aid Funding Options For Ex Service Men and Women

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You have a choice of several funding options

There are two funding options that are specifically available to Veterans that we will discuss here. The British Legion Veterans Hearing Fund and Access To Work. You can contact us and we can discuss the options.

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British Legion Veterans Hearing Fund

The Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF) provides support to veterans who acquired hearing loss during Service. It is open to those who have a wellbeing need that cannot be met through statutory services (such as the NHS). VHF may fund hearing aids, peripherals (accessories) or therapies (e.g., lip reading).

In order for the Legion to determine whether hearing loss was acquired during Service, veterans who would like to apply to the programme must submit the following documents:

  • A copy of their Service medical records, which must include audiometry data.
  • VMF eligibility form (PDF)

You can download the eligibility form by clicking on the image below

British Legion VHF Form

Applicants who do not have a copy of their Service Medical records must complete a Subject Access Request form and submit it to the appropriate Service Records Office (addresses are listed in part 2 of the form).

To obtain the required audiometry data, applicants must state 'Service audiometry records' in part 3 of the Subject Access Request form. To request this form by post, please email vickie@uk-veterans-hearing-help.co.uk  or call us on 01455 234 600

Once applicants receive a copy of their Service medical records, a copy should be sent to the address below along with a completed VHF eligibility application form.

UK Veterans Hearing Help, 13 King Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QT

If applicants receive a copy of their Service medical records and audiometry records are not available, they will receive confirmation from the MOD that states this. In such cases, applicants should complete the VHF eligibility application form and return to the address above, including a copy of confirmation from the MOD that audiometry records were unavailable.

Please note: If the applicant is in receipt of a War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award and this was awarded due to hearing difficulties, then they can submit a copy of their documentation confirming this in lieu of Service medical records.

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Access To Work

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

The grant is not for business start-up costs.

How much you get depends on your circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

To get an Access to Work grant you must:

  • have a disability, health condition or mental health condition that affects your ability to work
  • be 16 or over
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales - there’s a different system in Northern Ireland

Your work

One of the following must apply:

  • you have a paid job
  • you’re self-employed
  • you have a job interview
  • you’re about to start a job or work trial
  • you’re starting work experience

You can’t get a grant for voluntary work. The employer has to be in England, Scotland or Wales.

Your condition

Your disability or health condition must either:

  • affect your ability to do a job
  • mean you have to pay work-related costs, for example special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport

It must also either:

  • be likely to last at least a year
  • have lasted at least a year already

You can apply for the Access To Work Grant on their website at 

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

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