Preserve and restore hearing
Deafness affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, 430 million of whom have reached the stage of disability requiring hearing aids1.
By 2040, 2.5 billion people will be affected1.
The World Health Organization estimates the societal impact of deafness at nearly $1,000 billion a year!
The health and human implications of deafness are all the greater because it is the cause of other pathologies.
Untreated or poorly treated deafness leads to some forty other illnesses or harmful consequences for affected patients, such as
- Psychological disorders such as depression or social phobia (Anxiety +100%2)
- Increased attention and concentration problems (+200%2)
- Impaired cognitive, social and emotional development in children (+100%2)
The social and emotional isolation that can result from deafness multiplies suicidal thoughts by a factor of 5, and suicide attempts by a factor of 33.
For the same reasons of isolation, deafness affects brain plasticity. The link between deafness and dementia has now been scientifically demonstrated:
- 8% of dementia cases4
- 1st preventable cause of neurodegenerative diseases4
- 40% of preventable cases of dementia4
A link between deafness and longevity has also been established. Regular use of hearing aids reduces premature mortality by 24%5.
Many implants and hearing aids are not eco-designed or designed to be repairable.
They are mostly manufactured in production zones far from the countries where they are sold. Many models are produced in Asia , for example, only to be imported into Europe or North America.
The hearing sector's carbon footprint needs to be improved, from the design of the production plant right through to after-sales service.
Only 10% of Deeptech start-ups with an industrial vocation produce their innovations themselves6.
At Sounduct, we are convinced that internalizing our manufacturing is both an internal strategic challenge, enabling us to be more innovative, and a challenge of national sovereignty for neglected industrial regions.
Medical devices are subject to draconian regulatory constraints and standards to ensure patient safety.
At the same time, no standards apply to the working conditions of employees producing these devices.
Given the fierce competition in the hearing aid sector, many models are manufactured in low-cost countries in order to reduce manufacturing costs.
At Sounduct, we are committed to producing in countries where local social standards ensure decent working conditions and wages for employees.
1 World Health Organization
2 French Ministry of Health, Direction de la recherche, des études, de l'évaluation et des statistiques
3 Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) et de l'Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé (Inpes)
4 Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission
5 Choi, J. S., Adams, M. E., Crimmins, E. M., Lin, F. R., & Ailshire, J. A. (2024). Association between hearing aid use and mortality in adults with hearing loss in the USA: a mortality follow-up study of a cross-sectional cohort. The Lancet Healthy Longevity
6 BPI France, industrial start-up