World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event which aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. The theme for World Hearing Day 2016 is ‘Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!’
WHO estimates that approximately 15% of the world’s adult population experience some degree (mild and above) of hearing loss. Of these, 360 million live with disabling hearing loss. Majority of those with hearing loss live in the less developed areas of the world.
The WHO programme for prevention of deafness and hearing loss works with the vision of a world in which no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with unavoidable hearing loss can achieve their full potential through appropriate interventions, education and empowerment. It aims to promote ear and hearing care (EHC), integrated within the primary health care systems of its Member States.
WHO estimates that 1.1 billion young people worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. Concerned at the increasing risks posed by exposure to loud sounds from the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and MP3 players and noisy entertainment venues including nightclubs, bars and sporting events, WHO launched the Make Listening Safe initiative on 3 March 2015.
The WHO programme for prevention of deafness and hearing loss (PDH) is supported in its activities by a network of WHO Collaborating Centres.
360 millionpeople live with disabling hearing lossGlobal data on hearing loss
>1 billionyoung people (12-35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud soundsMake Listening Safe
Childhood hearing loss
>60%of childhood hearing loss is preventableChildhood hearing loss
3 March 2016
World Hearing Day
Childhood hearing loss: act now; here is how!
28-29 October 2015
2nd strategic planning meeting of the WHO CC network on prevention
The meeting was held in Nanjing, China, in collaboration with the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital. Five established and four potential collaborating centres participated in the meeting and developed a workplan for 2016-17.
1-2 October 2015
WHO-ITU consultations on Safe Listening Devices
To discuss the threat posed by the widespread and unsafe use of personal audio systems to hearing, two consultations were organized by WHO, in collaboration with ITU. The consultations sought to initiate the development of standards for safe listening devices.