More and more hard of hearing people benefit from hearing aids, according to EHIMA’s annual global unit sales numbers.

In 2018, EHIMA-members who are the world’s largest and leading instrument manufacturers sold 16,035 million hearing aids in total. In comparison with the previous year, sales grew by 6.5%. The numbers reflect net wholesale unit numbers sold by manufacturers to dispensers.

EHIMA is the European sister organisation of BIHIMA. We represent the hearing aid manufacturers in Britain and Ireland, and our members are also part of EHIMA. BIHIMA recently released the UK data that contributes to these European figures. Read more here.

“Hearing aids reduce health risks of people with a hearing loss and increase their quality of life. EuroTrak data proves: Since more and more people become aware of the overall health benefits of hearing aids, the share of untreated hearing loss decreases. However, there is still a need to raise public awareness about the consequences of untreated hearing loss. For this reason, EHIMA supports, the world’s largest information platform on hearing loss and hearing treatment,” says Stefan Zimmer, EHIMA Secretary General.

With hearing aids, the EHIMA members offer a high-quality and cost-effective solution that helps to reduce the economic and social costs of untreated hearing loss. EHIMA believes that the highest quality of hearing care is achieved when users are free to choose their hearing care provider and personally invest in their treatment.

Key Facts on Hearing Loss
• 1 in 10 of the total EU population states a hearing loss.*
• Only 1 in 3 of the hard of hearing people uses hearing instruments.*
• Untreated hearing loss costs EU28 each year 185 billion €.**
• Hearing instruments help to reduce these costs.**

Source: *EuroTrak; **Bridget Shield (2019): Hearing Loss – Numbers and Costs, Brunel University London; both available here: