Business supports soldier’s charity

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AN EASTBOURNE hearing specialist is offering free help to British servicemen and women who have been injured in conflict.

Eastbourne Hearing Centre in South Street has joined a scheme run in conjunction with Help For Heroes to offer free, state-of-the art hearing instruments to veteran military personnel who have been discharged from the army due to damaged hearing in recent conflicts.

The centre, which is part of the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP), has teamed up with the charity and Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments, to help those who have suffered a hearing impairment in Britain’s current conflicts and have been discharged as a result.

Graham Sperring, director of audiology from The Eastbourne Hearing Centre, said, “It is a privilege to have this opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of our brave servicemen and women and we welcome them to our centre.”

Former troops who have served in recent conflicts and fit the above criteria will be eligible to benefit from this scheme. As well as a choice of cutting edge hearing instruments, eligible veteran servicemen and women will be given free instrument fittings and a series of follow up appointments from members of AIHHP. The 9,500 British troops currently stationed in Afghanistan are regularly exposed to the blast of guns or ‘medium’ explosions which far exceed the noise level at which hearing damage can occur. As a result of this noise exposure, troops are at a high risk of suffering severe and even permanent hearing damage.

Kathy Knell MBE, from 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.” For more information visit www.hearingadvisor.co.uk or www.aihhp.org