Hearing Industries Association has released its quarterly statistical report of U.S. hearing
instrument sales for the third quarter of 2008. Based on this survey of 21 member companies
, the commercial (non-Veteran’s Administration
) market was down 16,345 units from the previous quarter, and down 3% when compared to the same period. VA dispensing activity continued to increase, with a 9% increase Q3 2008 over Q3 2007. Instruments sold to the VA accounted for 16% of the market this quarter. Overall, these numbers totalled a 1.23% decrease overall for the combined U.S. hearing
instrument market for Q3 2008 as compared to Q3 2007, with 615,593 instruments reported as sold.