France 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 France, the reimbursement rate for hearing aids is the lowest in Europe. This low reimbursement has been the source of immense controversy. There has been an immense amount of government lobbying that resulted in a study being commissioned in 2015. The key words of the study are accessibility and affordability. Many key opinion holders believe that once the study is completed, there will be an increase in reimbursement. However, projections on market variables have assumed an unchanging reimbursement.