> Making an estimate of the number of hearing impaired people in the USA
>> based on how many hearing aids are sold per thousand is false.
This was never intended. I was simply referring to the fact that there
are more hearing aids fit per thousand people in the US (8) than
anyplace else. When someone can come up with a better formula for
fitting hearing aids to the population than the way we do it in the US,
we should give it consideration.
I have spent considerable time in Europe studying their hearing aid
distribution programs. For instance, in France less than 3 hearing aids
per thousand people are dispensed each year. I heard one Frenchman
theorize that the reason for this was that in France every person must
have a "prescription," i.e. recommendation to obtain a hearing aid from
a doctor, before they can get one. In a survey they did, they found that
90% of the doctors did not believe in hearing aids.
I apologize if there was any misunderstanding.