Military Deafness Claims

Whether you have hearing loss from the Army or RAF, we have partnered with Military Claims to help you process your claim and receive the compensation your deserve.

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What Is Military Deafness?

Military servicemen and women, especially those in combat-centric roles, are exposed to high-intensity noise. This fact is an inevitable consequence of joining the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.

Those who pursue a career in the armed forces do so knowing their role will involve exposure to various types of loud noises. However, many of the estimated 300,000 veterans suffering from noise induced hearing loss are either not aware they can make a claim for compensation, or they do not think they are entitled to claim.

Why Use Us?

  • We do not charge for assessing your case.
  • We operate a strict ‘No Win No fee’ policy.
  • If your case loses, it won’t cost you a penny.
  • You only pay when your case is successful and the cost would be simply deducted from any compensation you receive.
  • This amount will never exceed 25% of your total compensation.
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3 Steps to Make a Military Deafness Claim

Step 1

Give us some basic information using our quick online form.

Step 2

Speak to a member of our Claims Management Team.

Step 3

Get feedback immediately, and receive your final decision in weeks.

Army Hearing Loss Claims

Army hearing loss refers to the loss of hearing ability or deafness that occurs during military service. Soldiers are often exposed to high levels of noise from firearms, artillery, and other explosive devices, which can cause permanent hearing damage such as deafness and tinnitus.

The symptoms of army hearing loss can include:

  • Difficulty hearing conversations
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Reduced ability to distinguish sounds

The military is required to provide hearing protection to soldiers, but it is not always effective in preventing hearing loss. Army hearing loss is a significant issue affecting military personnel which can have long-term consequences for their quality of life.

RAF Hearing Loss Claims

RAF hearing loss refers to the loss of hearing ability that occurs as a result of exposure to loud noises and vibrations during Royal Air Force (RAF) service.

RAF personnel are often exposed to high levels of noise from aircraft engines, explosions, and other equipment, which can cause permanent hearing damage.

The symptoms are the same as those associated with Army Hearing Loss, and include trouble distinguishing spoken words and sounds, as well as ringing in the ears.

If you have been affected by hearing loss due to your time serving, see if you can claim compensation by pressing the button below.

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What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Military Deafness Claims?

  • Regularly asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Hard of hearing in busy areas.
  • Turning the TV up loud.
  • Lip-reading.

Other symptoms can include ringing or pain in the ears, which are attributed to tinnitus and hyperacusis, respectively.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Military Deafness?

Treatment options for military deafness may include counselling and support to help individuals adjust to the impact of hearing loss on their daily lives, as well as:

  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implant
  • Other assistive devices

How Is Military Deafness Diagnosed?

A diagnosis of military deafness is typically made through a hearing test or an audiogram. These tests measure the extent of hearing loss in order to spot any patterns or frequencies that are affected.

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How Common Is Military Deafness?

Military deafness is a relatively common problem among veterans, particularly those who have served in combat or in other high-noise environments. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, hearing loss is the most common service-related disability among veterans.

How Can Forces Compare Help Me Get Military Deafness Claims or Compensation?

The truth is the armed forces or, more specifically, the MoD, owe service personnel a duty of care in the same way as any other employer. If the MoD fails to fulfill their duty of care, past and present service personnel can claim for compensation. There are a number of ways in which this can be done, namely:

  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
  • War Pension Scheme (WPS).
  • Civil compensation.

Even if you have been successful or unsuccessful in a claim for AFCS or WPS, you can still claim for civil compensation. That’s because you may not have been paid enough for your injuries or your hearing loss was not deemed bad enough to qualify for AFCS or WPS. A civil claim and an AFCS claim are both time limited. Therefore, anyone who notices problems with their hearing should act immediately. The problem for many is that hearing loss is not immediately apparent and most people only tend to notice after it is brought to their attention by someone else.

For many, hearing loss can significantly impact on their finances because they can no longer pursue the career they aspired to and upon leaving the armed forces their options for continued employment are significantly limited. In addition, the cost of lifelong hearing aids can be very expensive.

It can be hard enough adjusting to life back on Civvy Street without having to live with the debilitating effects of hearing loss. Compensation is not a windfall; it is intended to recognise and to provide some financial recompense for the lifelong hardship you will face as a consequence of simply doing your job.

Click the button below to find out if you’re entitled to a claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Military Deafness Claims

While it can be impossible to estimate a set figure, this depends on certain factors. The amount you can receive will depend on the impact on your career and personal life, and will fall between two categories:

  1. Financial losses: This includes treatment costs, hearing aids etc, as well as lost income (both in the past and in the near future).
  2. Non-financial losses: Compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as ‘loss of amenity’

Our legal partners work on a no-win-no-fee basis, so you will not pay anything upfront. If your case is successful, we would be eligible to deduct a carefully-calculated percentage of the settlement figure, which would be discussed with you in full.

While it is possible to represent yourself instead of hiring legal professionals, this is not advisable. Not only can legal professionals and claims experts help successfully make claims against an organisation like the MoD, but they can also get you the maximum amount of compensation.

Yes, there is a 3-year time limit from the date that you knew, or ought to have known that your hearing problems were due to your exposure to noise in the military.

Yes, you can. If you are in this situation, your supervisors and colleagues will not be made aware of your claim by us at all. We can handle your claim discretely.

  • Exposure to extreme noise or short bursts of high-intensity and high-frequency training without ample instructions.
  • Lack of or inadequate hearing protection like personal protective equipment
  • A delay in diagnosing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), resulting in extensive damage to hearing
  • Incorrect medical grading of service personnel with NIHL
  • Deafness caused by a negligent discharge of explosions and military weapons

Forces Compare has partnered with Clear Law LLP to offer its customers the opportunity to obtain help with military deafness claims.

Clear Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA number 403088. Registered in England & Wales under company number: 0C308339.

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