The UK Private sector continues its strong recovery from the pandemic with units up by 2.7% from the previous quarter and up 50% on Q1 2021, according to an announcement from the The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).
NHS volumes are down by 9k (2.2%) on Q4 2021 but still up 151k (61%) on the first quarter of last year.
The Irish hearing instrument market has grown 13% over the last quarter with a 3k increase in sales since Q4 21. Volumes are up 57% on Q1 21.
The UK private sector continues to become more sustainable – the UK non-NHS sector continues to move away from traditional zinc air batteries, with 73% of all units sold in Q1 having rechargeable batteries. There has been a 3% drop in the sales of rechargeable in the Irish market, BIHIMA reports.
The NHS market still has a long way to go to catch up with the Irish and UK Private markets in terms of making the switch to rechargeable batteries, but there has been a slight growth from a static 0.5% in the last two quarters to 1.4% of sales being rechargeable this quarter.
Paul Surridge, BIHIMA Chairman, said: “I’m delighted to see yet another record quarter for the UK private market and to see there remains a steady growth of the use of rechargeable batteries in this market. The slight increase in the use of rechargeable batteries in the public sector is heartening and I look forward to seeing this growth continue as we move forward.”
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