About Veterans Hearing Support

Clare Kewney set up Veterans Hearing Support Ltd specifically to fulfil the needs of Veterans with hearing loss and associated difficulties such as tinnitus. As part of that service we offer full guidance and support for those seeking to gain access to The Royal British Legions Veterans Hearing Fund.

The Veterans Hearing Support (VHS) team have more than 60 years of audiology experience and have already helped over 1000 veterans. We provide UK ex-service men and women a first-rate service.

VHS offers best practice, it is proudly supported by a national network of audiologists and hearing aid manufacturers, in addition it provides information and advice to ensure that the needs of veterans with hearing loss are met. Above all it manages the Veterans Hearing Fund application process professionally to give the greatest opportunity of a successful outcome.

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The Management Team

Director – Clare Kewney

Clare qualified as a HCPC registered Hearing Aid Audiologist and has worked in the hearing care profession for over 21 years. 

Veterans Hearing Support Director - Clare Kewney
Clare Kewney

She began her career in 1997 working for a large national hearing care provider. In 1999, with the experienced gained, she established a family business with her father and husband offering private hearing care solutions. Because the business was so successful, the Ultravox group bought it in 2004. 

Following that sale, Clare set up her own private hearing care practice in the North West.

In 2010 she became the Chairman of the British Healthcare Trades Associations Hearing Sector (BHTA) most importantly giving her invaluable experience of working and liaising with policy makers, parliamentarians and government officials. Clare helped influence healthcare policy and improve quality standards within the hearing care profession in the UK.

In 2011 Clare merged her business with a national hearing care provider and she became the Business Development Director. Part of her role was to promote good hearing health in the UK. She worked with other organisations whose priority was above all the issues faced by people with hearing.  One of these organisations was The Royal British Legion and its Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF).

As a result of her passion to help veterans with their hearing, combined with the knowledge and expertise gained working alongside The Royal British Legion and the Veterans Hearing Fund, Clare subsequently set up Veterans Hearing Support. Veterans Hearing Support specifically concentrates on helping veterans in the UK with their hearing and associated difficulties. These include, tinnitus and above all hearing loss. VHS assists veterans through the whole VHF application process to gain a successful outcome.

Director – Barry Downes

Veterans Hearing Support Director - Barry Downes
Barry Downes

Barry has been involved in the independent hearing care sector in a variety of capacities since 1977. With many years of experience as an audiologist and registered hearing aid dispenser as a practitioner, likewise in a number of management and teaching roles. 

He has long associations with the independent sector’s regulators and professional organisations.

Currently Barry’s roles include:

  • Registration Assessor for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the Council of the British Society of Audiology (BSA)
  • Member of the BSA’s Professional Guidance Group

After many years as a trustee of the charity Hearing Link, he subsequently became a trustee of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People following the merger with Hearing Link in 2017.

He is a visiting lecturer at Swansea University and in addition an examiner for De Montfort University, Leicester.