My husband has struggled with a number of issues over the years but was too 'proud' to claim DLA. I wish he had, but he wouldn't.
We recently went through the saga of DLA -> PIP with our son, who has a form of autism as well as several other health issues, and were lucky enough to get an award for him. Whilst doing my son's application (I'm his appointee), we came across more and more stories of other people that ade me think my husband she really have been claiming DLA for years and, despite the 'lottery' aspect of PIP, and the sheer idiocy of the process, I decided enough is enough and husband should claim for PIP as well.
He has a range of difficulties but the three main conditions that impact his life as he is severely hearing impaired (and degenerating); has asthma fairly severely and is also dyspraxic with all the motor skills problems and organisational difficulties that entails.
He recently went through Access To Work where they have given him about £2000 of support to get the things in place he needs to do his job (due to the hearing loss). He's worn a hearing aid for a few years, now. His hearing has really deteriorated in the past year.
I have looked online and am not finding much info about PIP for the hearing impaired (except the usual negative stuff that people who did get DLA for hearing impairments, are not hitting the descriptors for PIP). Although I have finished filling in his PIP 2 form and in fact he does seem, to me, to hit quite a few of the descriptors.
His GP says he will support him. His dyspraxia is severe but has never been formally diagnosed (we have 2 kids who do have diagnoses and basically, they are exactly like him in their difficulties but my husband was at school in the 60s and 70s when dyspraxia wasn't yet recognised). His asthma is fairly severe - my mother died of it and my brother has been hospitalised with it. Husband's isn't so bad but he is on some fairly heavy duty drugs and, combined with his other issues, it makes getting around difficult. I have seen online that people with asthma also often don't get PIP if it's their only condition - unless they have a nebuliser (he doesn't) and hospital admissions (he hasn't) but again, combined with the other issues (he also has - diagnosed years ago - IBS and a spastic bladder and depression for which he has been medicated and was retired early from another job), everything together does impact him.
Despite the help from Access To Work he is struggling with his work now and he wants to go down to 4 days a week, as he is just making his hearing worse (he works with kids - and they are incredibly loud!) If he got even Standard PIP he'd be able to cut his hours a bit, before he does himself more damage.
So this is important to him.
I have filled in almost all the PIP2 form, for him (like many dyspraxic people he is also dyslexic and struggles with forms). But I'm wondering if anyone else here has experience of applying for PIP with these kind of conditions (especially the hearing impairment) and how you got on, whether you got an award, etc?
His hearing loss is fairly bad and getting worse - his other conditions may or may not come in under the radar for PIP (I feel sure he would have got DLA, at some level, had he applied - those forms were actually far less rigid in their criteria). Anyone else applied with several, interacting conditions, like this?
I am finding so little info online about the success or otherwise of hearing impaired applicants...