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.
Yet, in many countries, hearing care does not have the priority status that it deserves. Through World Hearing Day on March 3, the WHO and hundreds of organizations around the world - us included - seek to change that, raising awareness about hearing loss, prevention, and the importance of ear and hearing care.
The theme in 2023 is Ear and hearing care for all: Let's make it a reality. Find out more on the World Hearing Day website.
The 2022 World Hearing Day theme was Safe Listening. We looked at what audiologists can learn from dentists on promoting healthy practices.
In 2021, the WHO launched the first ever World report on hearing. We spoke to WHO Medical Director Shelly Chadha about why it's so important.
For World Hearing Day in 2020, we made three videos encouraging people to take action on their hearing loss.
In 2019, we asked our bloggers to respond to misconceptions people might have about hearing loss and shared their responses on World Hearing Day.