Deaf News: Soldiers to be given state-of-the-art hearing aids

Posted on September 17, 2012



The Press Association has reported that British soldiers whose hearing has been damaged in battle are to be given state-of-the-art devices to reduce their deafness.

Troops are often exposed to loud gun blasts or explosions which are far louder than the noise level of 85 decibels where damage can occur.

But now service personnel who have been medically discharged due to damaged hearing are to be offered new hearing aids to help them back into civilian life.

As well as being given the devices from manufacturer Phonak, troops will also see specialists from the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP) about their condition.

Kathie Knell, head of welfare at charity Help for Heroes, said: “The new partnership with Phonak and AIHHP is a very positive step which will help a lot of returning troops.

“Addressing hearing loss gives people the ability and confidence to hear clearly and improve their overall quality of life.”

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