Prevention of blindness and deafness

International Ear Care Day: 3 March 2013

Hearing loss is the most common sensory disability globally. In view of the prevalence, preventability and public health impact of this condition, 3 March is observed as the International Ear Care Day.

This date was selected due to the shape of the numbers in 3.3, being representative of the two ears. In 2007, China Rehabilitation Research Center for Deaf Children (CRRCDC), Beijing, China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) and WHO jointly hosted the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing. A key output of this conference was the "Beijing Declaration" which included the following prominent recommendation: Establish “International Ear Care Day,” for promoting global actions on hearing care, and minimizing occurrence of hearing impairment.

This year the theme for the International Ear Care Day is Healthy Hearing, Happy Life - Hearing Health Care for Ageing People.

Recent global estimates on prevalence of hearing loss in persons 65 years and older suggest that 165 million persons above 65 years live with disabling hearing loss. More informaiton can be found below.