Electronic Hearing Protection Devices Market – Market Insights
Electronic hearing protection devices are designed to help protect the ear from exposure to high-decibel noise. Electronic hearing protection device covers the entire ear including the lobe and seal the external ears with suitable cushion or pads of the device. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) typically develops after several years of continuous exposure to noisy environments. NIHL a slow process that results in permanent hearing loss. Prevention of cochlear damage is the only way to prevent NIHL. Adoption of hearing protection device is the most prevalent means to prevent NIHL.
Furthermore, increasing prevalence of NIHL is expected to fuel adoption of electronic hearing protection devices over the forecast period. Exposure to harmful noise can cause NIHL at any age. For instance, according to 2011-2012 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study conducted involving 10 million participants for hearing tests and interviews concluded that around 24% of the participants suffered from hearing loss in one or both ears due to exposure to loud noise.
The global electronic hearing protection devices market size is expected to be valued at US$ 441.2 million in 2019, and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8.0% over the forecast period (2019-2027).
Figure 1. Global Electronic Hearing Protection Devices Market Value (US$ Mn), by Region, 2019
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2019)
Increasing noise pollution and exposure to intense noise are major factors that are expected to drive the electronic hearing protection devices market growth during the forecast period
According to the World Health Organization, 2017, around 40% of the Europe population were exposed to road traffic noise levels that exceeded 55dB, which lead to chronic hearing diseases such as loss of hearing and earache. Thus increasing number of patients suffering from hearing diseases is expected to propel growth of the market in Europe over the forecast period.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017, around 25% of all hearing loss cases were due to noise and sound caused due industrial noise pollution termed as Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
Moreover, the ear canals are uniquely distinctive like fingerprints that can cause problem for end users to use ear plugs, which is expected to be a major factor restraining growth of the electronic hearing protection devices market over the forecast period.
Figure 2. Global Electronic Hearing Protection Devices Market Share (%), by Product Type, 2027
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2019)
Rising exposure to high decibel noise at workplace causes hearing loss
Increasing incidence of hearing loss associated with people involved in mining, defense, and other such occupations is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, according to Occupational Hearing Loss (OHL) survey conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2018, 24% of the hearing difficulty among the U.S. workers was caused by occupational exposures such as excessive noise and ototoxic chemicals
Moreover, among North America region, Canada is expected to show significant growth in electronic hearing protection devices market over the forecast period, owing to increasing incidence of hearing loss among workers in factories, which is expected to increase demand for electronic hearing protection devices. For instance, according to study by Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC), during the period of 2012 to 2017, the percentage of noise-induced hearing loss in Canadian oil and gas workers in the drilling sector increased to 45% in 2017 from 33% in 2012.
Moreover, major players in the market are focused on adoption of strategic business strategies such as product launches, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. For instance, in January 2017, 3M is a Mechanical or Industrial Engineering equipment manufacturing company, launched new PELTOR sport electronic hearing protectors at Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) held at Las Vegas, U.S.
Major players operating in the global hearing protection devices market include Honeywell International Inc., Amplifon, Siemens Healthineers AG, Dynamic Ear Company, Hulfators Group, Centurion Safety Products Ltd., 3M, ADCO Hearing Products Inc., and EERS Global Technologies Inc.
Electronic hearing protection devices aids in preventing noise-induced hearing loss. There are several types of hearing protection devices such as earmuffs, earplugs, and others. Earmuffs are devices that offers hearing protection by reducing noise levels, while earplugs are inserted in the ear canal to protect the ear from loud noise, water intrusion, foreign bodies, dust, or excessive wind. Ear muffs have application at industrial and manufacturing sites, mines, music concerts, war (defense sector), and others.
Rising demand for next generation electronic hearing protection devices in the military sector is expected to drive growth of the electronic hearing protection devices market over the forecast period. For instance in May 2019, the U.S. Army and 3M Company collaborated for product supply agreement. Under this collaboration, the U.S. Army accepted two hearing protection devices, which includes 3M PELTOR TEP-100 Tactical Earplug Kits, and 3M PELTOR COMTAC III ACH Communications headsets, and other spare parts, from 3M Company. For this products, the company received an order of 6,500 hearing protection devices. This products was designed to provide hearing protection to soldiers during combat.
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