The bill to require private insurers to pay for hearing aid coverage (HB 1854) in Washington State will be heard in the Health Care & Wellness Committee on Wednesday, February 2, 2022! 

Hearing aids connect people to their friends and families, help children thrive in school, and empower people to succeed at work. As vital medical treatment, a hearing aid really can change a life–but for too many people, a hearing aid is unaffordable at up to $3,000 for each ear.

When you provide comments or testimony, we encourage you to share from your heart and from your own lived experiences. You can also mention…. 

Without treatment, seniors with hearing loss are more likely to fall. Falls are a leading cause of injury and disability in people over age 65.

People without help for their hearing loss are more likely to become depressed, anxious, and isolated.

Hearing aids can help children with hearing loss in many ways, including with brain development, school performance, and social skills.

Because Medicare and most private insurance companies don’t cover hearing aids, tens of thousands of Washingtonians fall into the gap: they can’t afford hearing aids, and they don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Here’s how you can help.