World Hearing Day is observed on 3 March as an annual advocacy event to promote hearing care. The theme for World Hearing Day 2019 is ‘Check your hearing!’
A resolution on hearing loss was approved and adopted by the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva on 30th May 2017. The WHO programme for prevention of deafness and hearing loss works with the vision of a world in which no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with unavoidable hearing loss can achieve their full potential through appropriate interventions, education and empowerment. It aims to promote ear and hearing care (EHC), integrated within the primary health care systems of its Member States.
WHO estimates that approximately 15% of the world’s adult population experience some degree (mild and above) of hearing loss. Of these, 466 million live with disabling hearing loss. Majority of those with hearing loss live in the less developed areas of the world.
WHO estimates that 1.1 billion young people worldwide are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. This includes exposure to loud sounds on personal audio devices and in noisy entertainment venues. In order to address this concern, WHO has launched the Make Listening Safe initiative. This initiative aims to reduce hearing loss caused by listening to loud sounds by promoting safe listening.
WHO has initiated work on the World report on hearing which will provide a cohesive and consistent narrative on hearing loss and ear and hearing care that is based on the best available evidence; outline the shift in the epidemiological distribution of hearing loss globally; and highlight best practices and priorities for ear and hearing care.
466 millionpeople live with disabling hearing lossEstimates
>1 billionyoung people (12-35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud soundsMake Listening Safe
750 billionis the overall cost of unaddressing hearing loss globallyGlobal costs of unaddressed hearing loss