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Deduct Hearing Aids, Batteries

By May 9, 2007

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It is too late for this year's taxes, but file this tip away for next year: You can deduct the cost of a hearing aid AND the batteries on your taxes as medical expenses. This is according to IRS Publication 502. Note that it says specifically, "hearing aids." I don't see anything about cochlear implant batteries being deductible, but I am guessing that they would be. Does anyone know for sure if cochlear implant battery costs can be deducted on income taxes?

Update: Be sure to read the entire IRS publication. To be deductible, total medical expenses must be a certain percentage of income, as is noted by one of the commenters.

Related article on About.com: Hearing Aid Batteries

May 10, 2007 at 6:36 am
(1) Sunflower says:

Well, you can only deduct hearing aids and the like if the medical costs all together are more than 7% of your gross income that tax year. I know this, because one year I paid for digital hearing aids out of my pocket (in excess of $3000) (hey, it’s tax deductible!), but I didn’t have enough medical expenses to deduct my hearing aids. Bummer. It’s very difficult to meet the criteria for deducting hearing aids.

I pay for my hearing aid batteries and ear molds by putting in money into a flexible spending plan at work. Tax-free. Use your flexible spending account (FSA) if your work offers it!

May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(2) bill ralli says:

what is the critiera for deducting hearing-aids,if I did not have them I would not be doing this job,& making less $$. I just spent 6k+. Any help

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