I don’t normally discuss hearing aids on this site, but there is a bill in Congress that I want to bring to your attention which allows you to use hearing aid purchases as a medical deduction.

Yesterday, Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1317, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, along with 7 original cosponsors. This legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 toward the purchase of a hearing aid, available once every five years.

The American Academy of Audiology enthusiastically supports this measure and will continue efforts to assist in passage of the legislation. 

You, the public, have a greater impact than we professionals in passing legislation. Please send a letter of support, or email of support, to your Congressman/woman in the House of Representatives. It really helps. Just say, you support H.R. 1317 and would appreciate your representative’s support of this legislation. Also add whether you or someone in your family wears hearing aids.