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December 11, 2015

More and more Europeans use hearing aids

Even more people in Europe with hearing loss use hearing aids. More are also using two hearing aids.

More and more Europeans use hearing aids

More and more Europeans with hearing loss use hearing aids. The proportion of those who use two hearing aids is also rising. These are the findings of the EuroTrak studies, carried out among Europeans with hearing loss in 2009, 2012 and 2015. The studies were carried out in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

The proportion of those who say that they have a hearing loss and who use hearing aids has risen from 33% in 2009 to 37% in 2015.  The rise in the proportion of those who use hearing aids of 4 percentage points is equal to a user growth of 12%. In the same period, the proportion of those who use two hearing aids has risen from 55% to 69%. The rise in the proportion of those using two hearing aids of 14 percentage points is the same as a growth in the number of binaural fittings of more than 25%.

As well as the use of hearing aids rising among people with hearing loss, satisfaction has also risen. An increasing number are satisfied with their hearing aids. This is also true in more tricky sound situations such as on the telephone and in noisy situations.

More and more are satisfied with the apparatus’ design and fewer are embarrassed to wear hearing aids, the study shows.

Better life when using hearing aids

“At hear-it, we are extremely happy that even more people with hearing loss are using hearing aids. Innumerable studies through the years have shown that you can achieve a much better quality of life when you do something about your hearing loss. The latest scientific studies have also proven that you can both live longer if you use hearing aids and that the use of hearing aids counters cognitive decline as a result of hearing loss,” says General secretary Kim Ruberg, hear-it AISBL.

“I am also pleased that fewer and fewer people are embarrassed to wear hearing aids, as there is nothing to be embarrassed about,” says Kim Ruberg.

In all, around 135,000 people in Germany, the United Kingdom and France have participated in the three studies.

Source: EuroTrak 2009, 2012 and 2015. www.ehima.com

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