The World Health Organization observes March 3 as World Hearing Day (WHO). It aims to increase awareness about ways to avoid deafness and hearing loss, as well as to encourage ear and hearing care across the world.
Every year, the WHO chooses a topic and creates brochures, leaflets, posters, banners, and presentations to raise awareness about the day.
These materials are distributed to government and civil society partners worldwide, as well as WHO regional and country offices.
The Origins of World Hearing Day
The day was established in 2007 in order to increase awareness of deafness, according to WHO. It was formerly known as International Ear Day, but in 2016, the name was changed to World Hearing Day.
The theme for this year
The topic of this year’s World Hearing Day has been chosen by the WHO as “To hear for life, listen with care.” It emphasises the significance and methods of preventing hearing loss through safe listening.
The global health organisation also hopes to spread the following message with the theme: It is possible to have good hearing throughout one’s life through ear and hearing care, many common causes of hearing loss can be avoided, and safe listening’ can reduce the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational sound exposure.
The Importance of World Hearing Day
To improve awareness about safe listening, the WHO has solicited collaboration from governments, business partners, and civil society. It stated that the worldwide standard for safe listening entertainment venues and the mSafeListening guide will be released this year.