Prevention of blindness and deafness

WHO-ITU Joint Stakeholders’ Consultation on Safe Listening Devices

The WHO-ITU Joint Stakeholders’ Consultation aims to explore possible mechanisms and technology to reduce exposure to unsafe sound levels during recreational listening. The meeting seeks to raise awareness about safe listening practices, review current knowledge about safety features in devices used for recreational listening, and work towards a common vision on safe listening devices. The meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1st October 2015.

International Ear Care Day: 3 March 2015

International Ear Care Day is an annual advocacy event which aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. The theme for International Ear Care Day 2015 is ‘Make Listening Safe’.

The First World Congress on Ear and Hearing Care, 12-14 February 2015

The First World Congress on Ear and Hearing Care is being organized by the Society for Sound Hearing in collaboration with CBM, with technical support of WHO. The congress theme will focus on ‘action towards better hearing’. Click here to read more about the congress

WHO network of collaborating centres for prevention of deafness and hearing loss

WHO network of collaborating centres for prevention of deafness and hearing loss.Read more about the newly formed WHO network of collaborating centres, its members and activities.



Epidemiology and economic analysis

Promoting surveys and gathering data for measuring the burden of deafness and hearing impairment.

Strategies for prevention

Developing strategies for prevention: currently addressing ototoxic drugs, chronic otitis media, excessive noise, provision of affordable hearing aids.

National programmes

Assisting countries to develop national programmes for prevention of deafness and hearing impairment.

Raising awareness

Raising awareness, knowledge and skill amongst primary health care and other health workers.

Primary ear and hearing care training ressources

Primary ear and hearing care

A training resource aimed at reducing deafness and hearing problems in developing countries

Photo stories

Photos and stories of people living with hearing impairment.

Fact file

Facts about deafness and hearing impairment.


Multi-country assessment of national capacity to provide hearing care

Millions of people in the world have hearing loss that can be treated or prevented

Community-Based Rehabilitation

Contact us

World Health Organization Prevention of Blindness and Deafness (PBD) 20 Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland