World Hearing Day
To hear for life, listen with care. CDC supports the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Day, on March 3rd. World Hearing Day promotes ear and hearing care across the world and raises awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss.
This year we stress the following points:
- It’s possible to have good hearing across your life.
- Many common causes of hearing loss can be prevented. Learn how to prevent hearing loss caused by loud sounds.
- Reduce your risk of hearing loss from loud recreational noise. Use hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs.
- If you are concerned about your hearing, please see a doctor. Hearing loss is gradual and can go undetected unless checked.
There are many ways we can protect our ears and hearing from loud noise:
- Turn down the volume down on personal listening devices such as headphones and earbuds.
- Avoid loud noise whenever possible.
- Give your ears a rest and take periodic breaks from noise.
- Use hearing protection such as earplugs or noise-cancelling earmuffs.
Reduce your risk of hearing loss from loud recreational noise. Use hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs.
Remember, good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life. To hear for life, listen with care. Hearing loss and related ear diseases can be avoided through preventative actions such as:
- protection against loud sounds,
- good ear care practices, and
Hearing loss and related ear diseases can be addressed when early, and appropriate care is sought. People at risk of hearing loss should having their hearing checked regularly. People with hearing loss or related ear diseases should seek care from a health care provider.
According to the World Health Organization
- More than 360 million people live with disabling hearing loss.
- More than 1 billion people aged 12-35 years are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational noise exposure.
- Globally, the overall cost of not addressing hearing loss is more than $750 billion.
World Health Organization (WHO):
- World Report on Hearing
- Make Listening Safe (https://www.who.int/activities/making-listening-safeexternal icon)
- WHO-ITU global standard for personal audio systems and devices
- (https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/280085/9789241515276-eng.pdf pdf icon[PDF – 801 KB]external icon)
- https://apps.who.int/iris/rest/bitstreams/1176080/retrieveexternal icon
- “Safe listening devices and systems: a WHO-ITU standard” (https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/safe-listening-devices-and-systems-a-who-itu-standardexternal icon)
- Ear and Hearing: Care Planning and Monitoring of National Strategies – A Manual
- Toolkit for safe listening devices and systems (https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/toolkit-for-safe-listening-devices-and-systemsexternal icon)