Call to Action: Support the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Bill of 2017

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Call to Action: Support the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Bill of 2017

Having HLAA lead the way as the voice of the consumer is imperative to ensuring passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017.

Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Hearing Aids
Available Over the Counter

March 21, 2017: U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), today reintroduced legislation to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC). (S.670)

A companion bill led by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was also introduced in the House. (HR 1652) 

The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter (OTC) and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 percent of those with hearing loss use assistive hearing technology, often because they cannot afford costly hearing aids.

Call to Action: Show Your Support for the Warren-Grassley Bill

Help HLAA and Senators Warren and Grassley remove unnecessary barriers to getting hearing aids by having the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids.

Adults with untreated mild to moderate hearing loss need your help to pass the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. You might not need an OTC hearing aid, but think about your children, your friends and others who might not take that first step without an easy and affordable entry point. Consider the innovation in technology that has already started and will blossom when the market bursts with new devices. We believe this expanding market will also benefit the hearing aid market with innovation and lower cost for all hearing aids.

Take Action Today

  1. Find your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
  2. Find your U.S. Senator: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
  3. Once you have found the official website for your representatives in Congress, visit the members’ contact page. You will be asked information about where you live and what topic you are writing about. Choose “Health” from the drop down list.
  4. Then you can fill out the form by copying and pasting one of the letters we have drafted below. Or you can write your own story, in your own words. Either way, send your message to Congress today supporting the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017!

SAMPLE LETTER 1

  • Please use Senate Bill No. 670 when writing to your senator
  • Use House Bill HR 1652 when writing to your representative from the House of Represenatives.

Dear Senator (or Representative),

Please cosponsor [S. 670 or HR1652] , the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. Creating a category of over-the-counter devices will make hearing aids affordable for millions of Americans who need them but currently can’t afford them. Studies show that 85 percent of Americans who could benefit from hearing aids don’t have them, and the primary reason is cost.

As a hearing aid user, I experience this problem first hand. My own hearing aids cost thousands of dollars and they are not covered by insurance or Medicare. While my personal hearing loss may be too severe for an over-the-counter hearing aid, I know many people who would benefit from these more affordable devices. 

Please let me know if you will be able to cosponsor this important legislation. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you!

SAMPLE LETTER 2

Dear Senator (or Representative),

Please cosponsor [S.670 or HR 1652], the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. Creating a category of over-the-counter devices will make hearing aids affordable for millions of Americans who need them but currently can’t afford. Studies show that 85 percent of Americans who could benefit from hearing aids don’t have them, and the primary reason is cost.

I have a hearing loss and cannot afford hearing aids because they are too expensive. They are not covered by my insurance or Medicare. Hearing loss is having a negative effect on my daily life. If over-the-counter hearing aids would be suitable for me and were more affordable, I would give them a try.

Please let me know if you will be able to cosponsor this important legislation. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you!


Do More

If you want to do more after you have sent your letter of support, here are some suggestions: