An estimated 430 million people currently experience moderate or severe hearing loss worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That number could reach 700 million by 2050. Hearing care is a public health issue that deserves priority status.
Every year, the WHO celebrates World Hearing Day to raise awareness about hearing loss and prevention. This includes organizing activities and materials around a particular theme, and sharing these materials to help boost hearing loss in the public consciousness. This year's theme is Hearing care for all.
The World Hearing Forum is seeking personal stories about hearing loss to inspire others to make a better world.
We asked our bloggers to respond to misconceptions people might have about hearing loss
Start your own awareness-raising campaign with one of these suggestions from our community.