Hearing aid manufacturers are raising the price of the hearing aids that the government is using to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The new rules, finalized in June, require companies to provide more hearing aid than the government’s $300-per-month price point.
The hearing aids are the mainstay of the United States military and some federal agencies.
They are being sold at a discount because of a cost-saving provision in the new rules.
The Department of Defense announced in June that it would cut the price for hearing aids by up to 50 percent from the government price.
That cost savings is expected to add another $2 billion to the cost of buying the hearing aid, according to the Associated Press.
The hearing aid industry has fought the rule change because it’s meant to help veterans and others who rely on hearing aids.
President Donald Trump is expected next week to sign an executive order that sets new limits on the sale of hearing aids, but many industry groups have vowed to fight it.
“We will not allow our voices to be silenced and we will not accept that our rights will be taken away by government policy,” Amy Paredes, a senior vice president with the American Federation of the Blind, said in a statement.
“We have a moral duty to stand up for our rights and fight for our freedom.”