Veterans with Hearing Loss- We Can Help

Veterans with Hearing Loss- We Can Help

Read about why Alistair Inglis’ recent court case against the Ministry of Defence is good news for veterans with noise-induced hearing loss. This post also explains how Veritas Hearing and the Royal British Legion can help you with Veterans Hearing Fund Applications. Great News if you’re a Veteran with Hearing Loss Last week a veteran Royal Marine, Alistair Inglis, won over £500,000 because of the hearing loss and tinnitus he developed during his 15 years of service. Mr Inglis’ noise-induced hearing loss was caused by loud vehicles and weapons Alistair, 39 served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland as a ‘Section Commander’ on the front line. He was left with ‘noise-induced hearing loss’ because of close contact with weapons and vehicles.  The consequence of serving in the Royal Marines is that Alistair has the hearing of ‘someone in their early 70’s’. The Ministry of Defence admitted liability but did not want to pay the amount of compensation Alistair sued for. The MOD argued that Mr. Inglis left the Marines voluntarily and was still ‘fit for all duties’ upon his departure and therefore he did not deserve a large payout. Mr. Inglis won compensation to cover future loss of earnings and future loss of pension.  His victory is great news for veterans in the UK. The court case may set a precedent and could help veterans with similar claims in the future. If like Alistair you damaged your hearing as a result of serving in the forces Veritas Hearing and the Royal British Legion can help. The Veterans Hearing Fund If you’re suffering with noise-induced hearing loss do not despair get...
Ground-breaking surgery for deaf children

Ground-breaking surgery for deaf children

This week the BBC has reported on little girl Leia Armitage, who at the age of 7 has finally found her voice. She lived in total silence for the first two years of her life but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy, she can finally hear and talk. First Diagnosis When born, Leia had no inner ear or hearing nerve meaning that hearing aids or cochlear implants would have no affect on her. Her father Bob stated that they were told if a bomb went off behind her, she wouldn’t hear it at all. As a result of this, Leia was never expected to speak. However despite the risks, her parents fought for her to be one of the first children in the UK to be given an auditory brainstem implant. This requires complex brain surgery and Leia had this when she was just 2 years old. The NHS have called the surgery “truly life-changing” and say they will fund the implant for other deaf children. It is estimated that around 9 children a year will benefit from this ground breaking surgery. Amazing Progress In the five years since Leia’s surgery, her progress has been so much greater than her parents ever expected. It started slowly with Leia turning her head at certain noises but gradually she started to understand the concept of sound. Her parents would continually repeat words and ask her to say them back to them. After lots of regular speech and language therapy, she can now put full sentences together. She can even sing along to music and hear people on the...
Easter Bank Holiday & nice weather? We can’t wait!

Easter Bank Holiday & nice weather? We can’t wait!

We’ve already had patches of nice weather so far this Spring but it’s fair to say the last few weeks haven’t been great… Persistent rain, hail, wind and even a bit of thunder have plagued us for the last month but the good news is that this is all due to change this Easter Bank Holiday weekend! With the Met Office predicting highs of 19 degrees, we imagine you’ll be making the most of the long weekend. With the lateness of Easter this year, we also have the May Day Bank Holiday to look forward to in just a few short weeks as well! We hope you have the best time enjoying the weather with your friends and family… and we have a few tips for you to look after your hearing. The Sound of Summer There are lots of noises that can contribute to hearing loss during the Summer months, especially if you like gardening. Lawnmowers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers often reach up to 100 decibels so you should be wearing earplugs / muffs while doing these activities. The same applies if you are off to any music festivals. Music festivals can cause permanent damage to your hearing so be sure to protect yourself. Swimming Make sure you keep the following things in mind if you are off for a dip this Summer. Water can get lodged in your ear which causes something known as swimmer’s ear. This is an infection of the outer ear where extra water creates a moist environment for bacteria to grow which leads to an infection. As we’ve often mentioned here, a lot...
How much do you use your hearing when driving?

How much do you use your hearing when driving?

Do you think nothing of jumping in the car and driving to the local shop for a pint of milk? I imagine the answer is yes, we all do! However, how much do you rely on your hearing when you drive? Probably more than you know! Obviously your sight is the most important but your hearing helps you to detect approaching emergency vehicles, hear a blaring horn, or realise that your indicators are on. Hearing loss doesn’t significantly impact your ability to drive but its never hurts to be prepared and to take extra precautions. Get your hearing assessed The most important thing to do is that if you’re not hearing as well as you used to, have a hearing test! You may just have a bad cold or an obstruction in your ear that can be removed. If the diagnosis if that you do have a hearing loss, your Audiologist will recommend the best course of treatment for you. This treatment may of course be hearing aids. Hearing aids amplify the important sounds that you hear on the road. They can also keep your auditory system healthy so your brain doesn’t forget how to interpret other sounds in your environment. Driving with hearing loss Hearing aids of the modern age are technological marvels with sensitive microphones. These are designed to differentiate between speech and background noise. Even with a pair of hearing aids, you’ll still want to elminiate distractions while you’re driving. Here are a few tips to keep those distractions to a minimum: Maintain your hearing aids! Feedback from your aids is a major distraction. You should...
Celebrities with Hearing Loss

Celebrities with Hearing Loss

In the celebrity world, image is everything and communication is key so it may surprise you to know that these celebs have battled with their hearing over the years. Marlee Matlin Audiologists aren’t sure if a malformed cochlear implant or a childhood infection caused Marlee’s deafness at 18 months old. One thing that is for sure is that she most definitely didn’t let her deafness get in the way of her acting career. Back in 1986 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Children of a Lesser God. She’s also a published author having written a children’s book series titled Deaf Child Crossing. Halle Berry You could be forgiven for thinking that Halle Berry’s hearing loss is caused by her Type 1 Diabetes. However, back in 2014, Halle admitted that she had lost 80% of the hearing in her right ear when a former boyfriend hit her on the head. Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi wears hearing aids and claims that her hearing loss stems from years of listening music too loudly. This is identified as noise-inducing hearing loss. Holly Hunter Holly’s hearing loss was caused when she contracted mumps as a child. This caused her to be entirely deaf in her left ear. She hasn’t let this stand in her way though; she learnt to play the piano at the age of 9. She then used the skill for her role in The Piano for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress. Robert Redford Robert’s hearing loss was caused when he was filming All Is Lost in 2013. His role...
Booked a hearing consultation? Here’s why you need someone with you

Booked a hearing consultation? Here’s why you need someone with you

If you’ve decided to go ahead and book a hearing test then well done you! You know your hearing isn’t what it was and you’re doing something about it. This small step means your proactively taking charge of your hearing health and that’s fantastic. Why do I need support? You may wonder why we ask if you’ll have any support at your appointment… If you’re diagnosed with hearing loss, you may hear a lot of new terms that you won’t necessarily remember. We’re also going to ask you to make some decisions about your hearing health going forward. Our hearing consultations are always comfortable and in non-pressurising situations, it’s always best to have a loved one to support you. Hearing loss impacts relationships! A lot of people put off having a hearing test because they think that no-one else is impacted. However, this is not the case! Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss does negatively impact relationships. Your closest relationships can suffer because you simply can’t hear what the other person is saying very well. You could lose touch with friends due to communication issues. Some people even say that their hearing loss interferes with their ability to participate in everyday conversations. This can isolate you and make you feel very lonely. What do you want from an aid? As well as for moral support, it’s a good idea to have support at your consultation to help you decide on which hearing aids would be best for you. Your audiologist will also give you information on the maintenance and upkeep of your aids so it’s great to have...

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