2014 hearing aid sales up by more than 6 % in France


A total of nearly 600,000 hearing aids were sold last year in France, with receiver-in-theear devices in leading position.

The French national association of the medical technologies industry (Snitem) recently published hearing aid sales figures for 2014 for France and French overseas territories. An overall total of nearly 600,000 hearing aids were sold last year in the country, an increase of 6.84% compared to 2013 with about 560,000 devices sold.

Unlike previous years, receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) devices were top of the sales list, with 284,718 devices versus 249,332 in 2013. With growth of 14.19% year-on-year, they were slightly more popular than behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, which showed a slight decrease of 0.26% (253,256 versus 253,915).

BTE 13 devices were once again the most sold BTEs, with a sales volume of over 186,000. Behind-the-ear 675 hearing aids recorded a significant jump in sales volumes with nearly 11,500 devices sold, against a little over 10,000 in 2013. This is an increase of 13.30%. In-the-ear (ITE) aids were also a surprise with sales growth of 6.35%. 56,000 of these devices were sold in 2013, while last year, over 59,500 ITEs were sold.

Companies participating in the Snitem survey include Audiomedi, GN Hearing, Phonak, Prodition, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex.

Source: Snitem