As Secretary General of EHIMA, Stefan is an internationally respected speaker and consultant on hearing, health and social security related matters. Stefan is the Secretary General of EHIMA, the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Association, comprising the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing instruments with a global market share of over 90%. Driving innovation in hearing technology, EHIMA closely collaborates with global partners like the Bluetooth Special Interest Group to develop and disseminate life changing technology for people with hearing loss. As Vice Chairman of hear-it.org, the world’s biggest multili ngual online-resource on hearing, Stefan drives the industry's global awareness raising and patient information campaigns. He is constantly expanding EHIMA’s multi-country surveys on hearing loss, hearing health and consumer experiences with hearing instruments (Trak-Surveys), the results of which can be found on www.ehima.com. Representing the international hearing industry in the World Hearing Forum, Stefan closely collaborates with the WHO and other international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Stefan is also Chairman of the Board of the German Hearing Industry Association (www.bvhi.org) and Vice President of the German Brain Injury Foundation (www.hannelore-kohl-stiftung.de). Stefan studied economics, political science and sociology in Munich/Germany and at the University of Texas at Austin/USA. He holds a doctorate degree in political science from the University of the German Federal Armed Forces. He served in the German Air Force for eight years as a commissioned officer, before working as head of international relations in the German social security scheme and as an international advisor for social security reforms. He entered the hearing industry in 2015 following a three-year term as CEO of a Chamber of Commerce for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Areas of Expertise (6)
Hearing Implant Solutions
Hearing Instrument Manufacturing
Bundeswehr University Munich: Ph.D., Philosophy 2001
- World Hearing Forum
- World Health Organization
- International Social Security Association
Media Appearances (3)
Stefan Zimmer to take over from Søren Hougaard as Secretary General of EHIMA
Audiology Worldnews online
As of August 1, 2017, Dr Stefan Zimmer will take over from Søren Hougaard as Secretary General of the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA)...
When the TV keeps the whole house entertained
NWZ Online online
This also manifests itself in the household - sometimes to the chagrin of others. For example, the telephone or the doorbell are overheard and the television and radio are turned up, adds Stefan Zimmer , Chairman of the Federal Association of the Hearing Aid Industry (BVHI)...
More and more people are wearing hearing aids
"Hearing aids help reduce the health risks of people with hearing loss and improve their quality of life," said BVHI CEO Stefan Zimmer. Since more and more people are recognizing this, the proportion of unmet hearing loss is falling.