The proportion of hearing-impaired Europeans who use hearing aids is rising.
In the United Kingdom and Switzerland, more than 40% of people who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids. In France and Germany, it is more than a third of those who report having a hearing loss who use hearing aids. Even more use two hearing aids.
The proportion of people in Europe who have a hearing loss and use hearing aids is rising. These are the findings of a EuroTrak study in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland carried out by the organization EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association).
In Germany, the proportion of people who say that they have a hearing loss and who use hearing aids has risen from 31.8% in 2009 to 34.9% in 2015. In 2012, the figure was 34%.
In the UK, the figure has risen from 38.6% in 2009 to 42.2% in 2015. In 2012, the figure was 41.1%. In Switzerland, the proportion has risen from 38.8% in 2012 to 41.4% in 2015.
In France, 34.1% of those who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids. This is a rise from 29.8% in 2009. In 2012, the figure was 30.4%.
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The proportion of those who use two hearing aids is rising in all of the countries in the survey. In Germany, the proportion has risen from 66% to 75%. In France, the figure has risen from 66% to 70%. In the UK, the figure has risen from 54% to 61%. In Switzerland, 72% of those who use hearing aids use two devices.
In each country, between 14,000 and 15,000 people participated in the surveys. EHIMA’s EuroTrak surveys were carried out in cooperation with the Swiss analysis firm Anovum.
Source: European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association: www.ehima.com
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