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Juicy Morsels from the                          plete a survey about the benefits they re-      loss is inevitable due to the aging process,
Big Apple                                       ceive from their devices. This survey will     affecting one in three persons over the age
A provision of $365 million in federal          be made available to CI users worldwide        of 65. The majority of health insurance
stimulus funds will benefit deaf and hard of     with translations into seven languages.        policies do not cover hearing loss. Even
hearing (D/HH) subway riders in the Bronx       Adults wanting to take the survey can visit    though it is covered under the Americans
and Brooklyn. The final list of more than        http://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/127/           with Disabilities Act and has been shown
$1 billion in Metropolitan Transportation       cochlearimplant.htm and children can go        in research studies to affect quality of life,
Authority projects, released last April, will   to http://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/127/        insurance companies (including Medicare)
include at least a dozen station makeovers      childrencochlearimplant.htm.                   do not see hearing aids as a necessary
on the D and 5 trains. Additionally, 642           In addition, researchers are also inter-    medical expense.
station booths will be fitted with induction-    ested in people who wear CIs and have             The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit
loop devices, making it easier for D/HH to      tinnitus.To complete this survey, log on to:   Act (www.hearingaidtaxcredit.org) would
hear the station agent.                         https://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/127/          help millions of Americans who need
   SportsNet New York began offering            citinpart1.htm.                                hearing instruments but simply cannot
closed captioning of all New York Mets             A third questionnaire for people who        afford them. If enacted, it would provide
baseball games starting May 1. This ser-        experience only tinnitus can be found at       a $500 tax credit per hearing aid per ear,
vice not only benefits people present at         https://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/127/          once every five years for dependents and
the stadium but also sports fans at bars,       tinglobalpart1.htm.                            for those aged 55 and older. The benefits
gyms and other locations where games are                                                       of reducing special education costs and
transmitted.                                    H.R. 1646/S. 1019                              increasing work potential through mini-
                                                in Committees                                  mization of psychological and mental
Survey Says...                                  According to the Better Hearing Institute      disorders associated with untreated hear-
Researchers at the University of Iowa           (BHI, www.betterhearing.org), two-             ing loss in older adults both represent im-
are asking adults and children who have         thirds of Americans cannot afford hearing      mense savings for taxpaying Americans.
received a cochlear implant (CI) to com-        healthcare. This translates into hearing       The bill is currently being considered in
                                                                     loss going untreated      the House Wa
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