Finland Market Report for Hearing Aids 2016 - MedCore
The total hearing aid market includes both manufacturer revenue and retail revenue. The manufacturer hearing aid market segment represents the revenue generated from manufacturers selling their hearing aids to retailers. The retail hearing aid market segment represents the revenue generated from retailers selling hearing aids to end users. This approach was taken in order to do a comparison of the market revenue of the manufacturers of the hearing aid devices versus the retail hearing aid sales.
In Finland, the national public health system reimburses patients who are fitted with hearing aids free of charge. However, patients who decide to purchase hearing aids may go to a private retail store and pay for the device and fitting service themselves. Patients are eligible to receive reimbursement every five years, which is the normal life expectancy of the device.