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.
Visit the WHO's World Hearing Day site.
See the first ever World Report on Hearing, published on World Hearing Day 2021.
Read our interview with Shelly Chadha, Medical Director at WHO and one of the authors of the World Report on Hearing.
Watch a video message from Lise Lotte Bundesen, Managing Director of the Ida Institute.
Find out what happened around the world on World Hearing Day 2021 on the official #Hearathon2021 Facebook page.
Search #HearingChat on Twitter to see a lively World Hearing Day discussion, with Ida's Managing Director Lise Lotte Bundesen and Mel Ferguson of Ida partner organization National Acoustic Laboratories.
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.