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September 15, 2015

Around half have never had a hearing test

Studies from the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland show that around half have never had a hearing test carried out.

In the United Kingdom, 53% have never had a hearing test carried out. In France, 51% have never had their hearing tested while in Switzerland, 44% do not know if there is a problem with their hearing or not. This is shown in a study carried out by EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association).

For every fifth participant in the study, the last hearing test they had was carried out more than five years ago.

Around 10% have had a hearing test carried out in the last 12 months.

If you have had a hearing test carried out in the UK, most likely it was done by a hospital audiologist, a family doctor or an ENT doctor. In France, the test is carried out by an ENT doctor in half of cases. In Switzerland, around a quarter of hearing tests are carried out by a family doctor, a quarter by a hearing aid dispenser/audiologist and a quarter by an ENT doctor.

”I can only encourage people to have their hearing tested regularly as good hearing is decisive for one’s quality of life. Innumerable studies in many countries have shown that hearing aids significantly improve quality of life if you have a hearing loss. We would also recommend that all countries ensure that a hearing test is an integrated part of a health check at the doctor’s,” says Kim Ruberg, Secretary General at hear-it AISBL.

Facts about the surveys

The figures come from the EuroTrak surveys which were carried out in 2015 by EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association). In each country, between 14,000 and 15,000 people participated in the surveys. EHIMA’s EuroTrak surveys were carried out in cooperation with the Swiss firm Anovum.

Source: European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association: www.ehima.com

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