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October 02, 2013

The benefits of hearing aids

There are many advantages to using hearing aids, studies in seven countries now show.

The benefits of hearing aids

Hearing aid users are generally satisfied with their hearing aids. Hearing aids are useful in the workplace and hearing aid users feel less exhausted than non-users. Finally, the use of hearing aids varies from country to country.

These are some of the conclusions of the seven EuroTrak and the JapanTrak surveys from 2012. The surveys were carried out in Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Japan.

Satisfied users

Up to 84% of hearing aid owners are satisfied with their hearing aids. Figures from the seven countries show that the percentage of people who are satisfied with their hearing aids varies from country to country. In six European countries, the satisfaction rate varies from 84% in Switzerland to 70% in Italy. In general, eight out of ten are satisfied with their hearing aids and said they were either very satisfied, satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their hearing aids. In Japan, the situation was different. Only 36% said that they were satisfied.

A similar survey from the US in 2008 (MarkTrak VIII) showed that 74% of US-owners were satisfied with their hearing aids.

Exhaustion

The survey showed that among those who had a significant hearing loss and did not use hearing aids, around 60% said they often felt physically exhausted in the evenings, while only around 40% of those who used hearing aids said the same.

When it came to mental exhaustion, around 50% of those who had a significant hearing loss and did not use hearing aids agreed that they often felt mentally exhausted in the evenings, while only around 30% of those who used hearing aids said they often felt mentally exhausted in the evenings.

Useful in the workplace

Nine out of ten hearing aid users in the surveys said that their hearing aids were useful in the workplace. The persons involved in the survey responded to the question:  ”How useful are your hearing aids in the workplace?” and around 60% said that they found hearing aids to be of significant use, while around 30% found hearing aids to be of some use.

The use of hearing aids varies

Figures from the seven countries in the survey show that the percentage of people with hearing loss who use hearing aids varies from a high of 42.5% in Norway, down to 14.1% in Japan.

In the United Kingdom, the use of hearing aids is almost as high as in Norway, namely 41.1%. Both countries have a system in which hearing aids are mostly provided to people with hearing loss through the public health system.

In Switzerland, 38.8% of the people who have a hearing loss use hearing aids. In France, the figure is 30.4%.

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