Prevention of blindness and deafness

World Hearing Day: 3 March

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, WHO decides the theme and develops a brochure on the topic based on the best available evidence as well as advocacy materials such as posters, banners, infographics and presentations, among others. These materials are shared with partners in government and civil society around the world as well as WHO colleagues across the Organization. At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual World Hearing Day seminar. In recent years, an increasing number of Member States and other partner agencies have joined World Hearing Day by hosting a range of activities and events in their countries. WHO invites all stakeholders to join this global initiative.

If you would like to receive updates and information about the World Hearing Day, you can register by sending an email to whopbd@who.int

World Hearing Day 2018: Hear the Future

With the theme “Hear the future”, World Hearing Day 2018 will draw attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. It will focus on preventive strategies to stem the rise and outline steps to ensure access to the necessary rehabilitation services and communication tools and products for people with hearing loss.


Previous years

World Hearing Day 2017

The theme of World Hearing Day 2017 was “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”. This drew attention to the economic impact of hearing loss.

World Hearing Day 2016

The theme of World Hearing Day 2016 was “Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!” This drew attention to the fact that the majority of causes which lead to hearing loss in children can be prevented through public health measures.

World Hearing Day 2015

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.

Contact us

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