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Global Statistics Representing Hearing Headphones Market Scenario

In the last few years, hearing devices have changed immensely. From basic digital devices to increased processing power and conversation enhancing devices. Now, they can scan the sound environment 100 times every second with noise cancellation. With the advent of personal health monitoring technologies, manufacturers are also finding ways to bring dramatic synergies together. The rising demand for hearing accessories along with technology advancements has enabled individuals to address their hearing health at earliest using affordable options.

The prevalence of hearing loss is rapidly increasing. WHO has estimated that around 466 million people were suffering from hearing loss and the number is expected to reach 630 million and 900 million by 2030, and 2050. This can be attributed to rising incidences of ear infections, growing exposure to loud sounds at work/traffic, and increasing aging and geriatric populations as they are more prone to acquire ear infections. The global geriatric population is projected to double by 2050. In addition, it is expected that 80% of older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries. It has also been observed that children are more likely to get ear infections than adults.

Global hearing headphones market is expected to reach USD 376 million in 2026 from USD 213.27 million in 2018 at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period 2019–2026

Segmental Insights

Global hearing headphones market is segmented into type, application, and region.

Based on type, the market is segmented into FM systems and hearing headphones. FM systems are further segmented into microphones for FM systems and receivers for FM systems. Microphones for FM systems are segregated into lapel microphone, boom microphone, and table-top microphone. Receivers for FM systems are further divided into ear level receivers, neck loop receiver, and body-worn receiver. Background noise and distance from the instructor are found to be great barriers for deaf students. In this scenario, FM systems play an important role in reducing these barriers. Better Hearing Institute has found that every 10% increase in hearing loss results in the loss of USD 1,000 per month of an individual. These systems range from pre-installed systems built into an auditorium or portable devices for the classroom. Lapel and Boom are the most commonly used FM systems for microphones. Lapel microphones can be clipped onto the collar of the speaker. They might cause slight fluctuations of voice during vigorous movement, as the sound source moves from the microphone either closer or farther. Receivers for FM systems receives the signal sent by a transmitter and sends it to a personal hearing aid, cochlear implant processor or another device further. Ear-level receivers are the most convenient, portable and are often recommended while using FM systems at home.

Hearing headphones segment accounts for significant share among types. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common workplace disorders in the U.S. Around, 30 million workers are at risk of NIHL, and 22 million American adults aged between 20–69 are already suffering from it. Many people with hearing loss find it difficult to hear speech in noisy situations. Even with hearing aids, people can continue to experience difficulties in some noisy situations, especially if noise reduction feature isn’t available. These headphones are designed to improve signal-to-noise ratio and listening comfort while reducing the noise.

Regional Insights

Based on region, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa.

North America dominates the global hearing headphones market. As per the Hearing Loss Association of America, around 48 million Americans are suffering from some degree of hearing loss. Every 2–3 out of 1,000 children are born with a detectable hearing loss in the U.S. Additionally, the prevalence of hearing loss is increasing with the increasing geriatric population as it is more prone to develop hear impairment condition. This has collectively boosted the demand for hearing aids. For instance, around 3.65 million hearing aid units were dispensed in the U.S. in 2016, stated National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Increasing exposure to high-frequency sound also leads to hearing loss and around 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels on a regular basis. To reduce these incidences, manufacturers have developed noise cancellation headphones such as Bose’s “hearphone” and Nuheara’s IQbuds. The significant presence of leading manufacturers such as Bose, Nuheara, Doppler Labs and their active involvement in launching conversation-enhancing products in the region have made North America a prime region. In addition, in 2018, Bose received FDA approval for its product “Hearphones” after going through FDA’s De Novo premarket review process.

Europe accounts for optimum share of the global hearing headphones market. The geriatric population is more prone to hearing related-issues, and the prevalence of hearing impairment is likely to increase in Europe. It is well known that hearing loss significantly affects social life of a suffering person. This has compelled the governments to take step towards reducing its prevalence. WHO has estimated that 1 in 5 Individuals is likely to experience hearing loss by 2035? Thus, the U.K government has launched a National Action Plan on Hearing Loss encouraging more investment to counter this problem. Apart from this, increasing noise pollution level in the region has favored the demand for digital noise reduction hearing aids. For instance, around 40% of the population in EU countries is exposed to road traffic noise beyond the accepted level of loudness, which makes people susceptible to hearing loss, WHO.

Key Players

Some of the major players of the global hearing headphones market are, Bose Corporation, Alango Technologies Ltd., Nuheara Limited., Sony Corporation, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, and Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Hearing Headphones Market Segmentation

By Type

  • FM Systems
    • Microphones for FM Systems
      • Lapel Microphone
      • Boom Microphone
      • Table-Top Microphone
    • Receivers for FM Systems
      • Ear Level Receivers
      • Neck Loop Receiver
      • Body-Worn Receiver
    • Hearing Headphones

By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Global hearing headphones market is expected to reach USD 376 million in 2026 from USD 213.27 million in 2018 at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period 2019–2026
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Hearing Headphones Market.
In 2018 Global Hearing Headphones Market was valued at USD 213.27 million.
Bose Corporation, Alango Technologies Ltd., Nuheara Limited., Sony Corporation are the top players in Hearing Headphones Market.
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