Americans import most of their digital and analog wireless hearing aids from China, while Canadians prefer hearing devices made in Denmark.In the first 11 months of 2009, the United States imported US$633.6 million worth of hearing aids from 33 manufacturing nations from around the world. This amount represents a 12.1% gain from the $565.4 million in imported hearing devices that Americans bought in the first 11 months in 2008.Over that same time frame in 2009, Canadians imported $90.9 million worth of hearing aids from 29 supplying nations. The 2009 dollar total is a 6.4% annual decline from the $97.1 million in hearing assistance products imported as of November 2008. These statistics exclude hearing aid parts and accessories.
These include digital aids. While that figure is paltry compared to the $198.1 million in imported hearing aids from China and the $167.3 million in sales from Denmark, the U.S. has shown a competitive advantage in making and selling invisible hearing aids to its Canadian trade partner.