Celebrate Hearing Day

Celebrate hearing with fun events and activities in your community!

Idea At A Glance

Let's start celebrating hearing!

Each year, March 3rd is the World Health Organization’s International Day for Ear and Hearing. Your organization could organize events to celebrate the day and raise awareness of hearing loss.

On that day, people could wear special t-shirts or a wristbands to show their support for people with hearing loss. Or, you could rally support for a “moment of non-silence”, with singing, shouting, whistling, and music to celebrate sounds and hearing. 

No matter how you celebrate, you could share videos of your local celebration with people from around the world via social media. This could help start a global movement to recognize hearing loss as an important health issue. 

Inspiration

Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness and encourage action on climate change. Each March, households and businesses can participate by turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour. The movement has grown substantially in size since the first Earth Hour was held in Sydney Australia in 2007. In 2012, approximately 7,000 cities in 152 countries switched off their lights and participated in Earth Hour.

International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8 every year for over 100 years. The day aims to celebrate women’s achievements and to highlight economic, political, and social challenges women around the world still experience. On one website, people are invited to share events in their country, such as art exhibitions, lectures, conferences, and dinners. 

Potential Impact

Instead of focusing on losing one's hearing, fun events and activities to celebrate hearing would associate a positive atmosphere around the topics of hearing loss and hearing instruments. Recognizing hearing as something worth celebrating is  the first step to a greater appreciation of hearing in our society overall. 

Even one event, starting in one isolated community, can grow into a chain of events around the world that draws attention to hearing health. Connecting the day with fun activities and events can encourage public participation and attract local media attention. You could consider partnering with other nonprofit organizations and local hearing clinics to share information about potential action steps and important prevention measures.

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