More than one in ten adults say they have a hearing loss, according to a series of surveys in Europe and the US. The surveys also show that many more with hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids.
In a large analysis in the US of data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 16.8% of the participants self-reported that their hearing was less than “excellent” or “good”.
In Europe many also say that they have a hearing loss.
In Germany, 12.2% of the people say that they have a hearing loss. Among adults aged 18+, 14.1% say they have a hearing loss, according to the survey EuroTrak Germany 2018.
In the UK, EuroTrak UK 2018 survey found that 9.7 % of the people in the UK say that they have a hearing loss. Among adults aged 18+, 11.6% say they have a hearing loss.
EuroTrak France 2018 on hearing loss and the use of hearing aids in France found that 10% of the French think they have hearing loss. Among French adults, one in eight (12.3%) say they have a hearing loss.
The survey EuroTrak Belgium 2017 showed that 9.6% of all people in the Belgium think they have a hearing loss. Among adults (above the age of 18) the figure is 11.5%.
In the Netherlands, the EuroTrak survey carried out in 2016 showed that 10.1% of all people in the Netherlands think they have a hearing loss. Among adults (above the age of 18) the figure is 11.8%.
Use of hearing aids
In the UK the survey found that nearly half (47.6 percent) of those who say they have a hearing loss use hearing aids.
In other countries, these or other surveys show that around 40 percent of those who say they have a hearing loss, use hearing aids.
But in some countries only 30 percent or even fewer of the people who say they have a hearing loss use hearing aids.
All the EuroTrak surveys can be found on the website of EHIMA, European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association: www.ehima.com
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