Celebrate Hearing Day

Sponsor fun events and activities at your school to celebrate hearing!

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 school or university could organize events in your community to celebrate the day and raise awareness of hearing health.

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

No matter how you celebrate, you could share videos of your local celebration with other schools 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

Events and activities in your local community can contribute to a global movement to make people around the world recognize hearing loss as an important health issue. Connecting the day with fun activities and events can encourage large-scale public participation and attract media attention. 

Even one event, in one isolated community, can grow into a chain of events around the world that draws attention to hearing health.

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