Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill Reintroduced in the House of Representatives

Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) have reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit, (H.R.1882) which, if enacted, will provide a $500 credit to people who need a hearing aid.

ADA applauds the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) for leading the strategic advocacy efforts that have garnered strong support and increasing momentum for the Hearing Aid Tax Credit in recent years, and directly resulted in the bill’s speedy reintroduction. ADA is proud to support this legislation alongside other allied organizations including the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Speech Language Hearing Assn (ASHA), International Hearing Society (IHS), in addition to HIA.

The Hearing Aid Tax Credit will provide assistance to many of the 36 million people who need hearing aids to address their hearing loss. H.R.1882 mirrors S.315, which Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced in January.

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The Hearing Aid Tax Credit will make a critical difference since 61% of all hearing aid purchases involve no third party payment of any kind. Medicare expressly excludes coverage of hearing aids as do most private insurance policies, and as a result, cost is cited as a prohibitive factor by two thirds of the people who do not treat their hearing loss.

HIA, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national trade association of manufacturers of hearing aids, implantable hearing devices, assistive listening devices, component parts and power sources for amplification devices. Representatives Nunes and Thompson are both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax legislation including the HATC. A bi-partisan group of 36 Representatives signed on as Original Co-Sponsors of the bill, including 5 members of the W&M Committee. Visit www.hearingaidtaxcredit.org for information about the Hearing Aid Tax Credit. Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski if you have any questions.