World Hearing Day

3 March

Theme: To hear for life, listen with care!

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.

The World Hearing Day 2022 with the theme “To hear for life, listen with care” will focus on the importance and means of hearing loss prevention through safe listening, with the following key messages:

  • 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

 

Hearing loss in Australia

In Australia, almost 4 million people have some form of hearing loss. This continues to grow as our population ages. In Australia, hearing loss costs our economy $15 billion a year in health system costs and lost productivity and 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

The most common causes of hearing loss are age-related and excessive exposure to loud noise. Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise is preventable and the best interventions for hearing loss are early interventions, no matter how old you are.

Check your hearing: download the hearWHO app

Resources

The Science of Healthy Hearing Podcast Listen here
Hearing Loss & Deafness: apples & oranges  Read here
Q&A on Deafness and hearing loss: Safe listening Read here

World Hearing Day 2022

Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Thursday, March 3, 2022 To: 05:00 PM Thursday, March 3, 2022

Location

Online