UK: One-in-nine says they have a hearing loss

Almost one-in-nine British people over the age of 18 answered yes, when asked if they suffer from hearing loss. But only just over 40% of these use hearing aids, even though it could benefit them.
UK: One-in-nine says they have a hearing loss

A  EuroTrak study shows, that 10.7% of the British population over the age of 18 believe, that they suffer from hearing loss ”? in other words, around 6 million people. Of these, 41.1% use hearing aids. This means, that over 3.4 million hearing impaired British people do not use hearing aids.

Hearing aids improve quality of life

It is remarkable that so many hearing impaired people do not use hearing aids, as almost three-out-of-four British hearing users said, that they are satisfied with their hearing aids and that they have a significant and positive impact on their life.

Even more have hearing loss

“The share of people with a measurable hearing loss is somewhat higher than when people evaluate their hearing loss themselves. If you measure hearing loss, instead of asking people if they have experienced hearing loss, the share of adults with hearing loss will typically be around one-in-six or between 15-20%. That is because a hearing loss can be measured before it can really be noticed,” says Secretary General Søren Hougaard, European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).

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Other findings

Other interesting EuroTrak UK 2012 highlights are:

  • Over half of the UK population (53%) has never had a hearing test.
  • 54% of the hearing aid owners use two hearing aids Hearing aids are believed to have a positive impact on the job.
  • People with hearing aids tend to have a higher personal income.
  • Hearing aid owners have a much lower risk of becoming depressed and a lower risk of forgetfulness compared to impaired non-owners.
  • The more the hearing aids are worn per pay, the higher the level of satisfaction.

About the survey

The study, which was published in 2012, was carried out by the Swiss analysts Anovum on behalf of EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association), The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association. Around 14,900 people were involved in the study in United Kingdom. They were asked about their hearing and use of hearing aids.

Source: EuroTrak 2012, EHIMA


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