Introduced by Representative Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania, the Help Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013, the HEAR Act (HR 3150), would:
- amend the Social Security Act to include Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation, including a comprehensive audiology assessment to determine if a hearing aid is appropriate, a threshold test to determine audio acuity, and various services associated with fitting, adjusting, and using hearing aids.
- extend Medicare coverage to hearing aids, defining them as any wearable instrument or device for compensating for hearing loss.
The bill has picked up 20 co-sponsors but will surely need more to for this bill to move forward. To do that, members of the US House of Representatives need to hear from you. They need to know how this bill would change your life, and the lives of so many others.