The UK Armed Forces
We support veterans from all branches of the UK armed forces. All of which have developed hearing problems by things such as loud machinery, use of guns and vehicles.
Royal Air Force
Those of you who have attended air shows will know the noise level generated by fast jets and associated aircraft when flying but, those who have to work in close proximity to get them airborne; the noise is quite ferocious.
Like our sister services, all RAF personnel are expected to be able to use small arms and regularly train with them in preparation for operations and normal annual defence training. This is often carried out with minimal hearing protection which has only just started to be of an acceptable level.
Our country’s elite amphibious force are subject to harsh training and are made sure to be kept at the highest level of readiness for lightning fast response. Even these elite troops can fall victim to the physical strain it has on their bodies from important missions and gunfire.
Fully integrated with the Royal Navy’s amphibious ships, they can be deployed globally without host nation support and projected from the sea to conduct operations on land. Veterans in the Royal Marines where exposed to noise at sea and on land. The ones that been to the edge know that hard times don’t last forever, but hard men do.
The British Army is the backbone of our Armed Forces and undertakes a variety of roles to help maintain the peace and, when necessary, support those in need in times of crises.
Using heavy machinery including high velocity guns, tanks and missiles which by nature produce high levels of sound obviously affects hearing.In fact, even small arms fire can affect hearing and can cause Tinnitus therefore, it is not the size of the weapon but the constant exposure to the level of sound not experienced in civilian life.
The modern Royal Navy traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK’s armed services, it is known as the Senior Service. Todays battle fleet has advanced in technology and has the ability to cover underwater, overwater and the air which makes it a force to contend with, particularly in regards to defending our shores.
Like our sister services, the Royal Navy operates noisy and aggressive equipment which can have a profound effect on hearing. Particularly in Engine Rooms, firing off weapons and launching aircraft but once again, it is not always possible to wear hearing protection, particularly when action has to be taken quickly and effectively.
Give thanks to the everyday heroes of Britain’s Merchant Navy. The Merchant seamen crewed the ships of Cargo ships, Container Ships and Cruise ships too, of the British Merchant Navy which kept the United Kingdom supplied with raw materials, arms, ammunition, fuel, food and all of the necessities of a nation at war.
The Seamen were onboard living which meant they where exposed to noise 24/7 they would be around machinery, engine rooms and scaling equipment causing a severe effect on their hearing. Many Seamen now suffer from tinnitus from the constant noise they were open to every day.
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