Deafness prevention

3 March 2018: World Hearing Day

On World Hearing Day 2018, WHO will draw attention towards the anticipated rise in the number of people with hearing loss across the world with the theme “Hear the future”.

The key messages for this event will highlight the:

  • expected rise in prevalence of hearing loss globally over the coming years (based on statistical projections);
  • efforts that are required to stem the rise through appropriate preventive action;
  • need to ensure that people with hearing loss have access to the required rehabilitation services and the communication tools and products they require.

To mark the event, WHO is preparing information materials, most of which will be available by February 2018. Currently, the announcement can be downloaded below:

If you wish to receive editable versions of this announcement, please send an email to

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