World Hearing Day Australia

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.

In Australia:

  • Hearing loss is costing Australia $15 billion a year in health system costs and lost productivity
  • Hearing loss affects 70% of people over the age of 70 and it has a huge impact on the quality of life
  • It is more common than heart disease, cancer and diabetes
  • 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

In 2021, World Hearing Day marked the launch of the World Report on Hearing, presenting a global call for action to address hearing loss and ear diseases across the life course.

Watch the video about World Hearing Day. Download the World Hearing Report 2021 from the World Health Organization website.

The theme was ‘Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate’

The key messages:

Policy-makers

  • The number of people living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable
  • Timely action is needed to prevent and address hearing loss across the life course
  • Investing in cost-effective interventions will benefit people with hearing loss and bring financial gains to society
  • Integrate person-centered ear and hearing care within national health plans for universal health coverage.

General public

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds; good ear care practices and immunisation
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider