World Hearing Day is just around corner. The World Health Organisation's (WHO) annual advocacy event is held on March 3, and this year the theme is 'Hear the Future'.
Millions of Australians are affected by hearing loss. Some of the most common causes include continued exposure to excessive noise and age-related degeneration, and it is thought that around half of all cases of hearing loss are preventable. The aim of World Hearing Day is to bring attention to important issues relating to ear health by implementing a number of global strategies and activities.
This year's theme, 'Hear the Future', will address:
- The need to ensure smooth and affordable access to rehabilitation and ear health services globally
- The increasing prevalence of hearing loss cases around the world
- The importance of public health strategies and preventative actions to decrease these cases
Advocacy in action
To highlight the above issues, WHO will organise a multitude of activities, as well as advocacy materials such as data, posters, brochures, banners, infographics and presentations. These will be shared with WHO colleagues, collaborating centres and other interested partners in government and civil society. The majority of the materials will be available in February and will be published in English, French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.
The annual World Hearing Day seminar will be held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 3, where key speakers will discuss the theme and provide valuable information and research. A WHO press release will also aid in drawing attention to the event and will ensure extensive media coverage.
If you'd like to get involved in this year's WHO World Hearing Day event, you can register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have any concerns about your hearing, click here to book a hearing check* at no cost, or contact one of our Western Hearing Solutions specialists today on 1800 940 981.