In 2015 The Royal British Legion launched The Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF) to provide compensation to veterans with hearing problems, above all, hearing loss, hearing aids and tinnitus. This help provides veterans with equipment and therapies to improve their hearing health and well being.
Veterans Hearing Fund
The funding comes from the LIBOR fines and totals £10 million. The Royal British Legion researched and campaigned both through Lost Voices and the 2015 Manifesto. The manifesto included veterans’ access to hearing aids as a key policy recommendation.
What is The Veterans Hearing Fund?
The Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF) provides support to any UK Armed Forces Veteran who has hearing loss, tinnitus or both. The Royal British Legion (RBL) manage the fund, the money for which came from the Libor scandal fines imposed on banks by HM Government. The RBL Veterans Hearing Fund provides the Veteran with the most up to date hearing aid technology These technologies include: assistive listening devices, such as Bluetooth streamers, and tinnitus therapy or lipreading.
Does the Veteran have to pay anything?
No. The Veteran incurs no expense at all, the fund covers all costs.
What does the Veterans Hearing Fund cover?
Audiology care, hearing technology, batteries, consumables, assistive listening devices and therapies.
How do I apply?
You can apply on our website.
Can I get more information?
Is there a time limit or age restriction to apply?
No. If you are a Veteran and have hearing loss, tinnitus, or both, then you are eligible to apply to the fund.
Is the fund means tested or capped in any way?
No. There is no cap or means testing.
If I have had compensation for hearing loss can I still claim?
Yes. The fund is separate to any compensation claim, pension, or lump sum payment.