The annual report for 2014 from the Swedish organisation for the hearing impaired, Hörselskadades Riksforbund (HRF), shows that 455,000 of the 1.4 million hearing impaired in Sweden use hearing aids. This means that around one-third of the hearing impaired Swedes use hearing aids. This number is higher than ever before in Sweden but at the same time the report also reveals that two-thirds of hearing impaired Swedes still do not use hearing aids.
Not all people with hearing problems need hearing aids, but HRF’s report suggests that at least 50-60% of all hearing impaired Swedes ought to use hearing aids.
In 2013, 86,599 Swedes were fitted with hearing aids. This is the highest number ever in Sweden. In the period 2002-2013, the number of Swedes who tried hearing aids for the first time increased by 63%. In the same period, Sweden’s population only grew by 8%.
Two hearing aids instead of one
The number of annually dispensed hearing aids has doubled from just over 70,000 in 2002 to 148,000 in 2013. According to HRF’s report, the explanation for this increase is due to the fact that more Swedes now get two hearing aids instead of just one. In 2002, only 38% of those who got hearing aids were fitted with two hearing aids. In 2013, 72% of those who got hearing aids were fitted with two hearing aids.
Of the Swedes who received hearing aids in 2013, this was the first time for 44% of them.
Source: Myternas Marknad. Svensk hörselvård – från behov til business. Hörselskadades Riksforbund (HRF). Årsrapport 2014. www.hrf.se