The global hearing aids market is projected to reach USD 10.2 billion by 2026 from USD 7.5 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 6.4%. Hearing aids market growth is driven by the technological advancements in hearing aids, growing prevalence of hearing loss, and the increasing adoption of smart hearing aids due to the rising incidence of noise-induced hearing loss.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the delivery of medical care across the world. The increased pressure due to the growing rate of hospitalization of COVID-19 patients had led to the re-profiling of many hospitals and departments for treating patients with COVID-19. Consequently, many elective surgeries were canceled or postponed worldwide to reserve or redirect the available limited capacities and resources (like hospital beds and patient care professionals) toward COVID-19 patient care.
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The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an increase in the preference for remote monitoring. The crisis has ushered in a new era in the hearing healthcare space that requires a radical rethinking of service delivery in audiology. Low- and no-touch services are now necessary for audiology patients (who are typically at the highest risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality due to their advanced age). Also, hearing aid manufacturers have started focusing on including mobile audiometry and digital hearing care solutions for remote hearing aid device troubleshooting, counseling, fine-tuning, and tracking.
Similarly, older adults with hearing loss often have difficulty following day-to-day conversations. For people entering their retirement years, untreated hearing loss has been linked to several physical and psychological issues, ranging from cognitive decline and depression to an increased risk of trips and falls.
Healthcare providers, especially in developing countries such as Brazil and Mexico, have low financial resources to invest in sophisticated technologies. Moreover, the staff must be extensively trained for the efficient handling and maintenance of cochlear implants and bone-anchored systems. Extensive R&D activities are required to develop technologically advanced hearing aids. This results in a significant increase in the cost of manufacturing and the end price for customers.
The hearing aid devices segment accounted for the largest share of the hearing aids market in 2020, mainly due to the increasing technological advancements in hearing aid devices and the increasing number of product approvals.