Surveys among hearing aid users say that 95% of those who use hearing aids in Germany and Switzerland state that their hearing aids are useful in the workplace. In France, 90% of hearing aid users say that their hearing aids are useful when they are at work. The figure in United Kingdom is 81%.
Of those who say that their hearing aids are useful in the workplace, around two-thirds think they are of significant use.
Compared to those who have a hearing loss but do not use hearing aids, hearing aid users also to a greater extend agree with these three statements:
“I think that people with an untreated hearing loss tend to be promoted less often in their job.”
“I think that people with an untreated hearing loss tend not to get the job they deserve.”
“I think that people with an untreated hearing loss tend to be paid less.”
”We know from a range of other studies that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids stay in the workforce for longer or do not have reduced hours compared to those who do not use hearing aids. At the same time, people who use hearing aids say that they feel less tired and exhausted. When 90% of hearing aid users find hearing aids useful in the workplace, it makes sense for the individual and for society to ensure that hearing impaired people in the workforce use hearing aids,” says Kim Ruberg, Secretary General, hear-it AISBL.
Four EuroTrak surveys
The figures come from four EuroTrak surveys carried out in 2015 by EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association) in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
In each country, between 14,000 and 15,000 people participated in the survey. EHIMA’s EuroTrak surveys were carried out in cooperation with the Swiss analysis firm Anovum.
Source: European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association: www.ehima.com