Figures from seven countries show that the percentage of people with hearing loss who use hearing aids varies from a high of 42.5% in Norway, down to 14.1% in Japan. These figures are found in the EuroTrak and the JapanTrak surveys from 2012.
In the United Kingdom, the use of hearing aids is almost as high as in Norway, namely 41.1%. Both countries have a system in which hearing aids are mostly provided to people with hearing loss through the public health system.
In Switzerland, 38.8% of the people who have a hearing loss use hearing aids. In France, the figure is 30.4%. In both Switzerland and France, people with a hearing loss can normally receive a subsidy that covers some or most of the cost of the hearing aids. The lowest rate of hearing aid-use was found in Japan, where only 14.1% of those who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids.
Surveys in the US (MarkTrak) have found that 24.6% of those who have a hearing loss use hearing aids.
Hearing aids in both ears
The percentage of those who use two hearing aids (binaural fitting) also varies. The highest percentage is found in Norway, Switzerland and France, where around 75% of those who use hearing aids use them in both ears. In the United Kingdom and Italy, 60% use two hearing aids. Again, Japan lags behind where only around 40% of the people who use hearing aids use them in both ears.
The surveys were carried out in Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Japan in 2012.
The figures were published in an article about the EuroTrak and the JapanTrak surveys in The Hearing Review March 2013.