Hi all, joined the forum hoping for any input as per title, many thanks in advance for any contributions! I am 55 at the end of this academic year so can take an ARB pension. It is not so much that I want to retire, it is that I feel that I have to. 5 years ago I had 9 months or so off work/teaching due to major Labyrinthitis/balance problems. I knew that when I returned it would have to be part-time in order to survive, so went back on a 50% timetable. I have struggled over the last 5 years as the general noise of a D&T workshop plus the pupils etc, not to mention the act of teaching itself, leaves me dizzy/shattered by the end of the day. Hometime is usually spent recovering for the next audible battering back in school. My general hearing system is suffering as time goes by and now I am starting to find it hard to hear what the pupils are saying when background noise is present. I have 'soldiered on' to 55 knowing that I could retire then, and have not been back to the doctor or occupational health since I went part time. I was wondering if I have any chance of getting an ill health pension so that I do not lose anything via ARB? Is there anyone out there with a similar experience?