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Hearing Industries Association (HIA) Applauds Introduction of Federal Legislation to Help People with Hearing Loss Get the Hearing Aids They Need
Date:11/14/2013

ot use hearing aids to help compensate for their hearing loss is financial. In fact, as many as sixty-eight percent of people with hearing loss cite financial constraints as a core reason they do not use hearing aids.

This finding isn't surprising in light of the statistics: Thirty-three percent of those with hearing loss have incomes of less than $30,000 per year. And household incomes of people with untreated hearing loss are usually much lower than for those with normal hearing.

Beyond the Veteran's Administration, which provides hearing aids for veterans, there is little coverage for hearing aids, which are not covered by Medicare or the vast majority of state mandated benefits. In fact, 61 percent of hearing aid purchases involve no third party payment. The entire burden of the purchase of much-needed amplification in most cases, therefore, falls on the individual trying to deal with his or her hearing loss.

The burden increases even further: A Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study found that untreated hearing loss results in a loss of income per household of up to $30,000 per year depending on the degree of hearing loss. This translates to $176 billion in unrealized income. That's an estimated cost to society of as much as $26 billion in unrealized federal taxes. 

HIA commends Senators Harkin and Heller for their leadership in introducing the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act and for their commitment to helping people with hearing loss gain access to the tools they need.

Earlier in the 113th Congress, Representatives Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), now supported by 25 other co-sponsors, introduced a similar hearing aid tax credit bill in the House, H.R.1317. They are working to have the legislation considered during this Congress.  

Earlier this year, HIA members teamed up with members of the Hearing Loss Association of
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