Deaf Awareness Week 2021: Get support with hearing loss

Did you know that one in six adults in the UK is affected by hearing loss?

Tuesday 4 May to Sunday 9 May 2021 marks Deaf Awareness Week, an event established to raise awareness of acquired deafness – that is, a loss of hearing that develops during a person’s lifetime, which they were not born with.

If you’re suffering from hearing loss don’t struggle alone – a variety of support is available to you.

Veterans' Gateway - the first point of contact for veterans seeking support - man standing in front of flag wearing military uniform

Where can you get support with hearing loss?

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) is a Veterans’ Gateway Information Organisation that provides a whole range of local support services for those living with hearing loss in the UK, such as help with hearing aids, tinnitus and managing your hearing loss independently.

RNID also offers tailored support to veterans living with hearing loss in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including one-to-one support, virtual information sessions and more. Further information can be found here.

You can get in touch with RNID directly using their free and confidential information line:

Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Text message: 0780 000 0360

If you suffer from hearing loss as a result of service on or after 6 April 2005, you may be able to claim compensation through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. For those who suffer from hearing loss as a result of service before 6 April 2005, you may be eligible for compensation through the War Pension Scheme. Here are the full details of the scheme and how to apply if you’re living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland.

And remember – we’re always here to offer you guidance and support. Our expert advisors can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0808 802 1212. If you would rather avoid speaking to someone directly you can reach an advisor using our online chat service or explore our range of physical health self-help guides to find the advice you’re looking for.

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