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The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act Endorsing Organizations Tax Credit Co-Sponsors
Why tax credits for hearing aids?
Congressional Events in Support of
the Hearing Aid Tax Credit

For taxpayers...
A 2005 survey to 80,000 households by the Better Hearing Institute reviewed income levels of 43,000 adult heads of household with and without hearing loss controlling for degree of hearing loss, age and other demographic variables. In a study titled "The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on Household Income" they showed that untreated hearing loss results in a loss of income per household of up to $12,000 per year, depending on degree of hearing loss. more ...

For Boomers and Seniors...
For seniors, untreated hearing loss causes additional costs to Medicare and other health programs, due to loss of independence, social isolation, depression, safety issues, and decreased quality of life. The Senate Special Committee on Aging, in S. Rpt. 107-74, noted: "As the wave of seniors begins to experience age-related disability, our current long term care system will not be able to support this demographic shift." Hearing aids enable seniors to retain their independence and avoid other long-term care costs. more ...

For Children...
Children who do not receive early intervention cost schools an additional $420,000 and face overall lifetime costs of $1 million in special education, lost wages, and health complications, according to a 1995 study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. The U.S. Department of Education indicates that, in 2002 alone, over 70,000 students, ages 6-21, received special education services, due to their hearing loss. more ...

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