Prevention of blindness and deafness

International Ear Care Day: 3 March 2015

Make Listening Safe

Under the theme “Make Listening Safe”, WHO draws attention to the rising problem of recreational noise-induced hearing loss. Millions of teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and MP3 players and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues including nightclubs, discotheques, bars, pubs and sporting events. The emerging pattern of listening regularly at high volume and for a long duration poses a serious threat to one’s hearing. Hearing is a precious faculty, which impacts educational, professional and social development. This year’s theme encourages individuals, parents, teachers, physicians, managers, manufacturers and governments to “Make Listening Safe”, and reminds all of us that once hearing is lost, it won’t come back!

WHO Member States, Collaborating Centres and partners will be involved in the commemoration of International Ear Care Day 2015. All are invited to join this initiative in their respective countries and communities.

The following activities have been organized for the International Ear Care Day at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland:

  • Release of new WHO estimates of the number of people at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices
  • Launch of the “Make Listening Safe” campaign with release of a factsheet, pamphlet, flyer and infographic
  • Promotion of the Day and the above advocacy materials through the WHO Internet and social media platforms

A link to all materials developed to support International Ear Care Day 2015 will made available on this webpage in due course.