The Royal Air Force Top Gun Noise Machines

Per Adua ad Astra (“Through adversity to the stars” or “struggle to the stars”) may be the motto for the Royal Air Force however, life can be a struggle to many who have served, particularly with their hearing. It is not uncommon to prepare aircraft and supporting equipment to ensure that our skies are safe from adversaries and that we can live in confidence that, the ‘boys and girls in blue’ know their job.

Making sure your hearing flies..

Aircraft have developed over the years, particularly through the jet age to fast and furious deterrents which are not the quietest of machines and, during operations or exercises, a fast turn-around or launch is required to get the job completed. Ear defenders were not always available and those provided, not the best restrictor for intense sound. 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.

Helping Irreversible Damage

So the result is that many having served in the RAF suffer from a high tone hearing loss that cannot be improved with standard hearing aids and require specialist knowledge and equipment to give back that quality of life for both the Veteran and their families. We at UK Veterans Hearing Foundation are committed to help all of our Veterans gain a better quality of life and as the RAF Motto says – We all have to pass through some rocky times to reach the outer limits of what you want (or the stars) and we will be there to start you on that journey as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Our RAF Success

Mr Woodthorpe has known our founder Samantha Bennett for 14 years and is one of the veterans we were able to fit with a hearing aid, whilst we fight to get more funding we thought it would be an uplifting story to share –

“When I was in the RAF mainly in Singapore, we used to test Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines and it was in the open, it wasn’t an enclosed testbed.

It was extremely loud but you know in those days we had nothing to cover your hearing up, and on the latter parts of my airforce career I was working on jet engines and I went to Rolls Royce to work on them…

My hearing aids are quite a boom, when I’m sleeping on my bed I can’t hear if someone enters the room if I have them off.

Read the full story here.

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Partially & Fully Funded

You will receive a free Hearing Test, all funding for your new Hearing Aids and any accessories you might need! Tinnitus support is also available at no cost!

5 Years Guarantee

All our hearing technology comes with a 5 year guarantee & hearing aids with a 3 month exchange programme, ensuring your hearing aids are just right for you!

Extensive Aftercare

Once you have received your new hearing aids, we continue to offer you support at any time. This includes 3 years of expert aftercare to ensure 100% satisfaction.

Improved Quality Of Life

Our expert can select the best hearing aid systems, tailored specifically to suit your hearing needs. You can then enjoy a new and improved quality of life!

Help Us Fit More Veterans!

Since becoming a charity, we have managed to fit over 50 veterans with top-class hearing aids! However, we still have more than 2,500 veterans who need our help in getting back to a normal standard of life after the hearing damage they received in their years of service. Any donations we receive are a huge help in the lives of our vets and we are eternally grateful for whatever you may be able to spare.

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Proudly supporting those who serve!

UK Veterans Hearing Help (now the UK Veterans Hearing Foundation) received the Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2016, in 2019 we achieved Silver level and in 2020 we achieved the highest level Gold. The scheme provides an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and armed forces community.

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