The five western countries represented in this volume share highly developed medical and technological provisions for hearing health, yet they differ in the compliance rates for hearing aid usage. A contributing factor may lie in the diversity of the national health care systems. We examine the similarities and differences in these five countries’ health care systems in order to find features which may contribute to (non-)use of hearing instruments. After a general overview of the commonalities, we compare legal provisions, medical indication for prescription of a hearing aid, accessing health care and diagnosing hearing impairment, selection and fitting of hearing aid, costs of hearing aids, and help to learn how to live with hearing loss and using a hearing aid. Finally, we reflect on how aspects of the health care systems may contribute to hearing aid use.
Hearing Health Care Provision in the National Systems of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Switzerland: Similarities and Differences, 2012, p. 22-34