World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss, and to promote ear and hearing care across the world.In Australia, hearing loss:
- costs the economy $15 billion a year in health system costs and lost productivity
- is more common than heart disease, cancer and diabetes
Did you know that:
- 500,000 hearing aids are bought every year in Australia
- 10,000 people whose first language is Auslan cannot be left behind and deserve better access to education, jobs & community life
Download the World Hearing Report from the World Health Organization website.
The next World Hearing Day will be observed on 3 March 2022 with the theme “To hear for life, listen with care”.
Through this theme, World Hearing Day will focus on the importance of safe listening as a means of maintaining good hearing across the life course as recommended in the World report on hearing.
The key messages for WHD 2022 are:
• It is possible to have good hearing across the life course through ear and hearing care
• Many common causes of hearing loss can be prevented, including hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds
• ‘Safe listening’ can mitigate the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational sound exposure
• WHO calls upon governments, industry partners and civil society to raise awareness for and implement evidence-based standards that promote safe listening
The World Hearing Day 2022 will mark the launch of:
• The ‘Global standard for safe listening entertainment venues and events’
• A safe listening handbook, and
• A media toolkit for journalists
We hope that World Hearing Day 2022 will be a massive call to action.
More information on the campaign is available on the WHO website:https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-hearing-day/2022