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January 06, 2016

Many believe that they cannot receive financial help for their hearing aids

In France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, many of those with hearing loss do not believe that a third party would pay any part of their hearing aids. In fact, 81% of hearing aid owners received some kind of third-party reimbursement.

Many believe that they cannot receive financial help for their hearing aids

Surveys carried out by EHIMA (European hearing Instrument manufacturers Association) show that a majority of the hearing impaired people in France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland without hearing aids don’t know whether a third party would pay any part of their hearing aids. However, 81% of hearing aid users received some kind of 3rd party reimbursement.

France

In France, 32% of the hearing impaired non-owners said no when asked if a third party would pay any part of the cost of their hearing aids. 37% didn’t know if they could get third-party reimbursement.

In fact, 69% of the hearing aid owners in France had their hearing aids partially paid for by a third party. 12% had them paid for in full.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, 55% don’t know that hearing aids can be paid for by a third party (received through the NHS, National health service). 24% think that there are no possible third-party payments.

In the United Kingdom, 83% of the hearing aid owners in the survey received a free-of-charge NHS hearing instrument. 17% received hearing aids through the private sector.

Switzerland

39% of the hearing impaired, non-hearing aid owners in Switzerland don’t know if a third party would pay any part of the cost of hearing aids. 15% thought that there was no third party reimbursement. 

In Switzerland, 80% of the hearing aid owners in the survey received some kind of third-party reimbursement.

Facts about the surveys

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

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

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