It is said that there are about 20 million people in Japan who have hearing loss. However, not many people use hearing aids. This section describes the current status of hearing aid spread in the world and Japan.
A rapidly aging society
The population of elderly people over 65 in Japan was less than 5% of the total population in 1950, but exceeded 7% in 1970 (the so-called “aging society”) In addition, aging is rapidly progressing, such as exceeding 14% in 1994 (so-called “aging society”).
In the future, the elderly population will increase rapidly until 2020, and it is expected that a full-fledged aging society will occur where about one in three citizens is aged 65 or older.
Japan’s aging rate at the beginning of the 21st century is the highest level compared to developed countries, and it is expected that a full-fledged aging society that no country in the world has ever experienced will arrive.
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