Reducing exposure to loud noise to protect us from going deaf is the theme of next month’s World Hearing Day.
This is held on March 3 each year to raise awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.
Each year, the World Health Organisation decides the theme and produces evidence-based material such as brochures, flyers, posters, banners, infographics and presentations.
Hearing loss risk
The theme this year is Hear for Life, Listen with Care and on World Hearing Day WHO will focus on the importance of safe listening as a means of maintaining good hearing for ever.
In 2021, WHO launched the world report on hearing that highlighted the increasing number of people living with and at risk of hearing loss. It highlighted noise control as one of the seven key interventions and stressed the importance of mitigating exposure to loud sounds.
World Hearing Day 2022 will focus on the importance of hearing loss prevention and the ways of achieving this with safe listening levels.
Some key aims of World Hearing Day are:
• It is possible to have good hearing for life through ear and hearing care
• Many common causes of hearing loss can be prevented, including hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds
• ‘Safe listening’ can mitigate the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational sound exposure
• WHO calls upon governments, industry partners and society to raise awareness for and implement evidence-based standards that promote safe listening
To find out more about World Hearing Day click here.