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45% of older Japanese feel their hearing is going

What Japan Thinks - Čt, 09/21/2017 - 16:31
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The company Rion recently published the results of a survey into hearing aids for older people.

Interestingly, the company Rion was also responsible for designing the neutrino detecters that recently earnt a Japanese physicist a Nobel Prize; they also have an English magazine describing how they developed the detectors which might be more interesting than this survey…

A couple of years ago I looked into prices of hearing aids and it was quite frightening (300,000 yen or more), and unless you are certified as deaf you have to pay full whack – there is zero support from national health insurance, and even officially deaf people have to rely on local government handouts that may or may not cover the total cost. I read a couple of years ago that the hearing aid market was ripe for disruption; surely given the ubiquity of smartphones it would be possible to make the earpiece just a dumb speaker, then build an aural profile of one’s ear state and download it to a smartphone, add a decent microphone, and Bob’s your uncle?

Here’s a 1960s made in Japan hearing aid:

Research results Q1: Have you felt recently that your hearing is fading? (Sample size=600) Often (to SQ)
14.8%
Sometimes (to SQ)
31.7%
Not really
27.5%
Not at all
26.0%

Q1SQ: When in your daily life have you felt that your hearing is fading? (Sample size=279, multiple answer) Difficult to hear conversation in noisy places
62.0%
Don’t understand people who talk in a subdued voice
61.6%
I increase the TV volume when I cannot pick up what people are saying
52.7%
I more often ask people to repeat themselves during conversation
51.6%
I give vague answers when I don’t fully pick up people’s questions
50.5%
Difficult to hear people on the phone
32.6%
Difficult to follow people on TV variety shows, etc
28.7%
Family, etc, tell me the TV is too noisy when I’m watching it
24.0%
People around me tell me I’m not hearing stuff
15.4%
None of the above
1.8%
Q2: In the future, will you use a hearing aid if your hearing fades? (Sample size=600) Yes (to SQs)
78.8%
No
21.2%

Q2SQ1: Why do you want to use a hearing aid in the future? (Sample size=473, multiple answer) Want to enjoy conversation with friends, family
64.7%
Want to enjoy TV, radio, movies, etc
56.7%
Will be a handicap in my daily life if I don’t
56.0%
Don’t want to feel inconvenience when out, travelling
42.1%
In case of disaster I feel it will be needed
34.9%
Want to enjoy music, concerts
23.7%
Will be necessary to take part in local events
18.0%
Want to enjoy theatre, rakugo (comic story telling), etc
16.7%
Think it will be needed at work
12.9%
Other
1.5%
Q2SQ2: What shape of hearing aid do you want to use in the future? (Sample size=473) Inside-ear type
38.5%
Over the ear type
19.9%
In the pocket type
3.2%
Don’t known
38.5%
Q2SQ3: What kind of design of hearing aid do you want to use in the future? (Sample size=473) Design that doesn’t stand out
68.7%
Enjoyable colour, design
8.5%
Not bothered about design
11.4%
Don’t know
11.4%
Q2SQ4: What features do you want from a hearing aid you want to use in the future? (Sample size=473) Noise reduction feature
66.6%
Speech enhancement feature
55.4%
Water-resistance
44.6%
Can clearly pick up people talking straight in front of me
43.8%
Wireless features, smartphone connection
26.4%
Other
0.8%
Not bothered by feature set
1.1%
Don’t know hearing aids had features
8.5%
Don’t know
7.8%
Q2SQ5: Where would you want to buy a hearing aid from in the future? (Sample size=473, multiple answer) Hearing aid shop
59.0%
Optician
35.3%
Electrical superstore
20.3%
Department store
9.9%
Mail order
6.3%
Watch shop
4.4%
Other
0.2%
Don’t know
19.5%
Q2SQ6: What basis will you use when choosing where to buy a hearing aid from in the future? (Sample size=473, multiple answer) Shop that offers maintenance
59.4%
Shop with knowledgeable staff
59.2%
Shop with certified staff
49.5%
Shop that offers a trial period before purchasing
48.6%
Shop with cordial staff
47.4%
Shop with devices from many makers
42.9%
Shop close to my home
33.2%
Shop that offers a simple purchase method
14.8%
Shop that offers discounts
13.7%
Internet, mail order shop
5.7%
Other
0.6%
Don’t know
6.8%
Q2SQ7: Will you be hesitant to use a hearing aid in the future? (Sample size=473) Hesitant (to SQ8)
73.2%
Not hesitant
26.8%

Q2SQ8: Why will you be hesitant to use a hearing aid in the future? (Sample size=346, multiple answer) Don’t know how effective it will be
43.6%
May be troublesome to use
43.1%
Hearing aids are expensive
41.9%
Look old wearing one
11.8%
Don’t want people to know my hearing is failing
8.7%
Difficult to understand how to buy a hearing aid
6.1%
Other
9.5%
Demographics

In the latter half of July, 600 people between the ages of 60 and 74 answered a private internet-based questionnaire. There were three age groups, 60 to 64, 65 to 69 and 70 to 74, with 100 male and 100 female in each group.

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This survey is about poo-stained undies

What Japan Thinks - Po, 09/18/2017 - 16:31
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The survey was officially-entitled underpants stain troubles, and was an excuse to promote Unicharm’s new skidmark catch pads, or whatever their official name is.

Most of my underpants stains occur in the hot weather here, when I get an involuntary bum washing from sweat running down my back. That’s probably enough chat about poo for today, and I don’t think we need a photo to illustrate this article.

Research results Q1: In the last six months, what has caused you to worry about underpant stains? (Sample size=19,821, multiple answer) Pee
43.1%
Poo (to SQs)
28.3%
Blood from piles, etc
15.9%
Other excreta
24.6%

Q1SQ1: How much of a stain have your poo leaks caused? (Sample size=5,617) Just a light mark on underpants
80.2%
Heavy stain on underpants
11.5%
Through underpants to light marks on clothes
4.6%
Heavy stain on clothes
3.7%
Q1SQ2: When do your poo stains occur? (Sample size=5,617, multiple answer) When I have the runs
37.9%
Just seems to happen
26.8%
When I need to go but cannot get to the toilet in time
20.1%
Q1SQ3: Do you do anything to avoid poo stains? (Sample size=5,617) Yes
22.2%
No
77.8%
Q2: Do you feel stress about your underpants stains? (Sample size=200)  
All
Male
N=100
Female
N=100
Yes
50.5%
42.0%
59.0%
Can’t say either way
23.0%
27.0%
19.0%
No
26.5%
31.0%
22.0%
Q3: When out, what limits do you set due to underpants stains? (Sample size=200, multiple answer) Liquids consumption before going out, while out
30.0%
Where I go or how far I go
23.5%
Kinds of food, amount of food before going out, while out
23.0%
Going out itself
17.5%
Other
21.0%
Q4: Have you discussed your underpants stains with anyone? (Sample size=200, multiple answer) No, no-one
74.5%
Family, close friends
13.0%
Doctor, pharmacist, other specialist
9.0%
Friends, acquaintances
9.0%
Other
0.5%
Demographics

During June 2017, 19,821 people aged between 20 and 79 years old completed an internet survey via Unicharm’s in-house research, although how exactly these people were selected is not described. They answered Q1 and the sub-questions. Furthermore, 200 people, 100 male and 100 female, who had experienced poo stains completed a further survey; they answered from Q2 onwards.

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