May 6, 2011

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S. 905, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. The legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every five years, for any individual who purchases a hearing aid. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Herb Kohl (D-WI), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are original co-sponsors of this legislation.

The legislation differs from H.R. 1479, which was introduced by Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). H.R. 1479 would provide a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid every five years for parents purchasing hearing aids for their dependent children or persons over 55 years of age. H.R. 1479 also includes a $200,000 annual eligibility income cap.

Please request that your members of Congress co-sponsor this legislative initiative. For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at


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