Today is World Hearing Day. The Day is marked annually on March 3 to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the globe.
It focuses on giving attention to deafness, its causes, effects, preventive measures, treatment plans, early detection and identification and other helpful concepts.
The 2020 World Hearing Day is on the theme “Hearing for life; Don’t let hearing loss limit you” and by this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is saying that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential.
It seeks to draw attention to the options available in this respect.
The day is usually marked with ear screening and care events, seminars and talk shows from ear care and health professionals.
Below are some themes used for previous years;
World Hearing Day 2019 – “Check your hearing”.
World Hearing Day 2018 – “Hear the future”
World Hearing Day 2017 – “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”.
World Hearing Day 2016 was “Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!”.
World Hearing Day 2015 was “Make Listening Safe”.
World Hearing Day 2014 was “Ear Care Can Avoid Hearing Loss”.
World Hearing Day 2013 was “Healthy Hearing, Happy Life”.
In 2018, the WHO launched an app that helps to screen one’s ear to detect hearing loss. It is free for download on google play store and the apple app store.
MaIt is reported that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss. It is therefore advised that attention is equally given to the ear just as the eye deserves.
The maiden World Hearing Day was observed on 3rd March 2007 and as the global community marks World Hearing Day, WHO invites all stakeholders to join this global initiative.