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January 25, 2016

One in eight Japanese people over 18 say they have a hearing loss

13.1% of Japanese people over the age of 18 say that they have a hearing loss. This is shown by the JapanTrak 2015 survey.

One in eight Japanese people over 18 say they have a hearing loss

A survey, JapanTrak, about the Japanese’s hearing, shows that every eight Japanese over 18 believes they have a hearing loss. The study also shows that only 13.5% of those who say they have a hearing loss use hearing aids.

The proportion of people in Japan with hearing loss is roughly equivalent to similar studies in Europe and the USA. However, the proportion of people who use hearing aids is significantly lower. In Europe and the USA, around 30% of those who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids.

46% of those who use hearing aids in Japan use them in both ears. This is significantly lower than in Europe and the USA, where 70-75% of those who use hearing aids use two devices.

Government subsidies practically unknown

80% of those with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids do not know about the Japanese goverment’s  system of supplying hearing aids. Only 15% of those who use hearing aids have had all of their hearing aids paid for by the government. 93% of those with hearing loss and who do not use hearing aids are not aware that hearing aids are untaxed articles in the VAT system. Among those with hearing aids, 54% are not aware that hearing aids are untaxed articles.

About the survey

The JapanTrak survey was carried out for JHIMA, Japanese Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 2015. The survey consisted of more than 14,000 interviews. JapanTrak is the Japanese equivalent to the EuroTrak studies made in Europe by EHIMA, European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association.

Source: JapanTrak 2015

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