The global audiology devices market was valued at USD 11.7 billion in 2021 and it is predicted to surpass around USD 19.6 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 5.9% from 2022 to 2030.
Increasing cases of hearing disorders, especially in geriatric population, rising purchasing capacity, investments in R&D, and government support for better healthcare infrastructure are expected to drive the market over the forecast period.
High comfort offered by newly introduced devices, improved connectivity, and better user interface are some of the factors attributing to high usage rate of audiology devices. Better quality of life along with acceptance of digital hearing aids are anticipated to further drive the market. In a study published in January 2019, it was observed that hearing aids reduce symptoms associated with dementia. However, usage is hampered due to the exclusion of hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids from the Original Medicare program.
Hearing aids segment led the market in 2018 and will hold its leading position in future. However, cochlear implants is expected to be the fastest-growing segment over the forecast period. Cochlear implants are widely used owing to their high effectiveness, in terms of sentence understanding.
Scope of The Report
|Market Size in 2021||USD 11.7 billion|
|Revenue Forecast by 2030||USD 19.6 billion|
|Growth rate from 2022 to 2030||CAGR of 5.9%|
|Forecast Period||2022 to 2030|
|Segmentation||Product, technology, sales channel, region
|Companies Covered||William Demant Holdings A/S; GN ReSound Group; Starkey Hearing Technologies; Widex A/S; Sonova Holdings AG; Phonak, Audioscan; MedRx; NHC/Amplifon|
The product segment is categorized into hearing aids, BAHA/BAHS, cochlear implants, and diagnostic devices. Hearing aids dominated the product segment while cochlear implants are anticipated to witness the fastest growth in the forecast period. Diagnostic devices include otoscopes, audiometers, and tympano meters.
Innovation in implantation techniques reduces the risk of infection, complications, operating time, and improves the patient's ability to hear. Demand for invisible-in-canal hearing aids and complete-in-canal hearing aids are expected to boost the industry's growth.
Sales Channel Insights
Based on the sales channel, the market is categorized into retail stores, government programs, and e-commerce. Retail stores dominated the market due to the presence of big retail store chains in countries such as the U.S.
In 2016, around 3.35 to 3.7 million hearing aids were sold in the U.S. market, consisting of 79% sold in the private market and 23.6% sold via the Veterans Administration (VA) hearing aid program. Many market players are adopting e-commerce to sell hearing aids products along with online service support and specialist consultation.
Based on technology, the market is segmented into digital and analog hearing aids. Digital hearing aids dominated the technology segment owing to fast adaptability. Analog hearing aids use an amplifier, and microphone to intensify the sound. Some analog hearing aids are programmable and include a microchip allowing program settings for the different listening environments. Such analog devices are preferred over digital technology due to the delivery of unadulterated sound at an affordable cost.
Many manufacturers offer digital hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity integrated with in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) models. The Open hearing aid range from Oticon can be connected with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices and it allows users to stream audio directly into their hearing aids.
North America dominated the overall market in terms of revenue share in the year 2018. The U.S. market growth can be attributed to the advancement in the audiology systems, an increase in the number of audiologists, and the introduction of innovative digital platforms by current providers. The launch of patient-centric audiology systems that facilitate easy product handling results in patient compliance further leading to market growth.
The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to expand at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. The market growth can be attributed to the increasing geriatric population and age-related hearing problems, constantly improving healthcare infrastructure, rising health care expenditures, and increasing product awareness.
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