Organisation and finance
Sweden has a publicly financed hearing health care system which is administrated by the local authorities. Hearing-impaired patients can thus be treated differently from one county to the other.
Some counties pay for all the expenses while others have a fixed limit of subsidies, typically in the range of 3,000-3,500 Swedish kroner (approx. 340-400 euro) per hearing aid. Some counties also charge a fee for testing and fitting hearing aids - varying between 140-500 Swedish kroner (ap-prox. 16-57 euro). Certain counties also charge a small fee when visiting a hearing health clinic.
Private clinics/dispensers do exist, but patients must pay their services themselves as it is not possible to use public subsidies at private hearing health care clinics.
Testing and treatment
Swedish hearing health care is in the hands of hearing centres, which are typically connected to general public hospitals. These centres are manned by doctors and hearing health care professionals.
People can also choose to go to a private dispenser.
Waiting lists in Sweden vary from 1 to 27 months. Children, young people, people in jobs, people with a considerable hearing impairment and people with outdated hearing aids are given first priority.
If people choose to go to a private dispenser there are practically no waiting lists involved when having hearing aids fitted.
Types of hearing aids
In the public system analogue hearing aids are most commonly dispensed, but digital hearing aids are also available.
When people go to a private dispenser they can buy the hearing aid the prefer.
Batteries and service
Batteries must be paid for by the users. Service is free of charge.
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