Prevention of blindness and deafness

World Hearing Day: 3 March

World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event held on 3 March. Designated at the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing, China in 2007, the day aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world.

In 2015, the theme for World Hearing Day was ‘Make Listening Safe’. This theme drew attention to the rising problem of noise-induced hearing loss due to recreational exposure. It highlighted that over a billion teenagers and young people are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events. Launched on 3 March 2015, the Make Listening Safe initiative highlights that such recreational hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.

The theme for World Hearing Day 2016 is ‘Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!’ This aims to draw attention to the fact that the majority of causes which lead to hearing loss in children can be prevented through public health measures. Further, those who have hearing loss can benefit greatly from early identification and suitable, timely interventions. The day aims to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of hearing loss.

Materials related to World Hearing Day 2016 will be posted here as they are finalized.