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February 22, 2016

One in eight Italians has a hearing loss

13.6% of the Italians say that they have a hearing loss. Only 25.2% of those who have a hearing loss use hearing aids, a study finds.

One in eight Italians has a hearing loss

The survey, EuroTrak Italy 2015, on hearing loss and the use of hearing aids in Italy, shows that one in eight Italians aged 18 or older think they have a hearing loss. The survey also reveals that three out of four (74,8%) Italians with hearing loss do not use hearing aids.

The number of people with hearing loss in Italy corresponds more or less to the results of similar surveys conducted in the rest of Europe and in the United States, where between one in eight and one in ten say that they think they have a hearing loss.

25,2% of those who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids. This is lower than in other European countries such as Germany, United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.

57% of the hearing aid owners in Italy use two hearing aids. This figure is also lower than in the other European countries.

Hearing aids improve quality of life

Almost all those in the survey who used hearing aids (96%) said that their hearing aids improve their quality of life in some way. 96% of the hearing aid owner in work also stated that their aids are useful in the workplace.

Little knowledge about reimbursement

57% of the hearing aid owners received some kind of third party reimbursement, but 76% of the non-owners didn’t know whether a third party would pay any part of their hearing aids.

Few hearing tests

31% of the Italian respondents had a hearing test in the last five years and said that most tests were done by ear doctors, but more than half of the respondents (54%) had never had a hearing test carried out.

About the survey

EuroTrak Italy 2015 was designed and executed by Anovum Zurich on behalf of ANIFA. The survey consisted of more than 15,000 interviews. The questionnaire was approved by the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).

Source: EuroTrak Italy

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