Ten percent of Norwegians admit hearing loss

 

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It's a figure comparable to that in other countries across Europe: 10.9%, the number of adult citizens of Norway who believe they suffer from hearing loss, according to data from the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).

Gathered from the EuroTrak Norway 2019 survey on hearing loss and hearing aid use in Norway (12,200 interviews), the stat will come as no surprise, although the survey also recorded a welcome 15% increase in hearing aid users since the last such research in 2012. Of those who claim to have hearing loss, 49.1% said they use hearing aids, up from 43.3% seven years ago.

Seventy-nine percent of all hearing aid users in Norway use two hearing aids, compared to 74% in 2012. And 93% of the hearing aid owners in the survey claimed improvement in their quality of life, all of the time or some of the time, thanks to their devices.

A downward trend was observed, however, in those saying they have had their hearing tested in the last five years: only 37% of participants compared to 42% in 2012. Most hearing tests were carried by an ENT.

EuroTrak Norway 2019 was designed and executed by Swiss analysis firm, Anovum, on behalf of EHIMA.

Source: EHIMA

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