International Day for Ear and Hearing
3 March 2013
New estimates from the WHO say that more than 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. There is growing global recognition of this day, which aims to raise awareness and promotes community-based activities for ear and hearing health.
The theme this year, as promoted by WHO and other organisations, is “Healthy Hearing, Happy Life - Hearing Health Care for Ageing People”. It aims to address both the challenges encountered by people living with hearing loss to be able to fully enjoy all aspects of life, and the importance of functional hearing for meaningful communication in the later stages of life.
Globally, hearing loss is the most prevalent sensory disability and is increasing rapidly, especially in ageing people. Coinciding with this day, the WHO has published new estimated figures which show that more than 360million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss!
Visit www.who.int for more information.