Celebrate hearing with fun events and activities in your community!
Motivate your entire community to come out and celebrate hearing! Each year, March 3rd is the World Health Organization’s International Day for Ear and Hearing. Your clinic could organize events to celebrate the day and raise awareness of hearing health in your community. There are lots of great ways that you can involve your community in a global celebration of hearing. You could encourage people to wear special t-shirts or wristband to show their support for people with hearing loss. You could rally support for a “moment of non-silence” in your community, with singing, shouting, whistling, and music to celebrate hearing. Alternatively, you could invite local musicians and school bands to participate in a hearing celebration music festival. No matter how you celebrate, you could use the celebration as an opportunity to 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.
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 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.
Celebrations in your local community can help contribute to a global movement to associate hearing with joy and excitement. Even one event, starting in one 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 media attention. In addition, events in your community can help spread the word about your clinic's services and propel more people to take action on their hearing.