A hearing aid refers to an electronic device that amplifies sound so that a person with hearing loss can listen and communicate in day-to-day activities. The three basic elements of a hearing aid are a speaker, a microphone, and an amplifier.
The global hearing aids market is set to attain a CAGR of 7% and hold a valuation of USD 10.2 Billion.
The growth of global hearing aids market is driven by various factors such as increasing incidence of hearing loss, the launch of new products, increasing geriatric population, and raising awareness about hearing loss treatment. However, the low penetration of hearing aids and product recalls are expected to curb the growth of the global hearing aids market.
The global hearing aids market is currently dominated by several market players. The key players are involved in product launches and strategic collaborations to strengthen their market positions.
The market has been divided, by region, into Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa. Europe is expected to be the largest market owing to the rising incidence of hearing loss and sophisticated healthcare infrastructure. The European hearing aids market has been categorized as Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The Western European market has further been classified as Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and the rest of Western Europe. The Americas holds the second largest market share. The hearing aids market in the Americas has further been branched into North America and Latin America, with the North American market divided into the US and Canada. The hearing aids market in Asia-Pacific has been segmented into Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, and the rest of Asia-Pacific. Due to the increasing awareness regarding the use of hearing aids and increasing population affected by hearing disorders, the market in Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing. The hearing aids market in the Middle East & Africa has been divided into the Middle East and Africa and is expected to hold the least market share.
The global hearing aids market has been segmented based on product, product type, type of hearing loss, technology type, and distribution channel.
The market, based on product, has been divided into devices, implants, and accessories, out of which implants is the fastest-growing segment. For instance, the Australia-based manufacturer Cochlear Ltd reported a profit of USD 265 to USD 275 million in first quarter of 2019, 8% to 12% more as compared to that in the first quarter of 2018.
The global hearing aids market has been segmented, on the basis of product type, into wired and wireless. Wireless is the fastest-growing segment owing to technological advancements and product launches. For instance, Sonova, in November 2018 launched products based on SWORD (Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital) chip. The new technology allows hearing instruments to connect with electronic devices such as televisions or mobile phones.
The type of hearing loss segments of the market are sensorineural, conductive, and others. The growth of the segment is due to the high prevalence of hearing loss. For instance, in 2018, around 2 to 3 out of 1000, children in the US are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears.
The technology type segment of the market is segmented as digital hearing aids and analog hearing aids. The digital hearing aids segment is expected to be both, the largest shareholder and the fastest-growing segment owing to its advantages over analog counterparts.
The distribution channel segment is classified into retail stores, E-commerce, and others. The E-commerce segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment owing to ease of access to products for customers.
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Some of the key players in the global hearing aids market are Sonova (Switzerland), Cochlear Ltd. (Australia), GN Store Nord A/S (Denmark), Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), Arphi Electronics Private Limited (India), Demant A/S (Denmark), Starkey (US), WIDEX INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED (Denmark), Zounds Hearing (US), SeboTek Hearing Systems, LLC (US), Audina Hearing Instruments, Inc. (US), and Microson (Spain).
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