Join the conversation for World Hearing Day this year and help spread the word on hearing loss prevention and treatment.
World Hearing Day is an annual event that occurs on March 3rd of each year. The efforts are organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to spread a shared awareness about the importance of hearing health. Each year, the WHO announces a theme for World Hearing Day that provides a shared focus point on a subject that is relevant within the hearing loss community.
This year’s theme of “Hear the Future” shines a light on the statistical projections that show a staggering global increase in the number of individuals affected by hearing loss currently and its upward trend in the coming generations. This theme particularly resonates at the core of what World Hearing Day is all about; the continued effort to promote awareness and education on proper hearing care services and the tools for prevention of hearing loss.
Taking a look at the themes in years passed, we can see a level of consistency in the messaging. One aspect is to provide information and insight about matters related to hearing care. The second aspect consistently aims to inspire the reader to action.
This year’s theme of “Hear the Future” is followed by the the words “prepare for it.” We can see this pattern again in last year’s theme “Action on Hearing Loss
” followed by the phrase, “make a sound investment.” This emphasized idea that while hearing aids may seem costly in terms of dollars and cents; the benefits they have on quality of life, continued health, and even financially, outweigh the cost of not treating your hearing loss
. We see the same trend in 2016 with the focus being “Childhood Hearing Loss
” before saying “Act now. Here is how.”
Join Together for Better Hearing
The communal call to action on hearing loss is key if we hope to effect a change in the future. The decision to actually do something about it is an essential next step. Yet, you may be surprised to find that most individuals tend to wait around five to seven years from the moment they notice their hearing loss and when they actually take steps to correct it.
In that time, the issue only becomes more severe and more complex as it begins to leak into other facets of life. It can often add an unneccesary strain on relationships in areas of communication or even impact productivity in the workplace.
Whether it be scheduling a visit with a professional
, helping a friend or loved one find a solution
, or doing research on hearing aid options
, the choice to act sooner rather than later is crucial. Others may approach it in terms of being more conscious to prevent a future loss of hearing or by sharing this information with others to grow support for the cause.
Statistics on Hearing Loss
As you can see below, the number of individuals that experience hearing loss across the world is growing and growing, showing no signs of stopping. Our ears were not built for the immense levels of noise they take in today today vs. in the times of our prehistoric ancestors
. Though humans have developed technologically at incredible rates, our sense of hearing has not evolved as quickly as the hearing aids that currently strengthen it.
Collectively, we must confront this reality head-on to prevent the youth from making the same missteps with their hearing health and prevent adults with partial hearing loss from allowing it to worsen.
The more we talk about it, share information, create awareness and motivate the ones we love, the more we help break down the stigmas and barriers preventing many from finding a solution.
All of us here are happy to be celebrating World Hearing Day this Saturday, March 3rd and promoting the importance of hearing care information and better prevention of hearing loss. We hope you’ll do the same and reach out to any of your family members or friends that you know are living with hearing loss. If they haven’t already sought out help from a professional, encourage them to do so. Some of the ways to start the conversation can be suggesting an online hearing test
, or planning a visit to have your hearing checked together
at a nearby clinic. Happy hearing!