World Hearing Day is held on March 3 each year to raise awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss.

This year the theme is ear and hearing care for all – let’s make it a reality and it aims to highlight the importance of this in primary care around the world.

The key messages this year are:

1 Ear and hearing problems are among the most common problems encountered in the community.
2 Over 60% of these can be identified and addressed at the primary level of care.
3 Integration of ear and hearing care into primary care services is possible through training and building capacity at this level.
4 Such integration will benefit people and help countries move towards the goal of universal health coverage.

Check hearing regularly

One of the key aims of World Hearing Day – which is organised by the World Health Organisation – is to tell people about the importance of looking after their ears and hearing.

And it offers these tips to help care for your hearing:

1 Use earplugs in noisy places
2 Check your hearing regularly
3 Wear your hearing aids regularly when advised
4 See a doctor if you have ear or hearing problems
5 Don’t put cotton buds, oil, sticks or pins inside your ears
6 Don’t swim or wash in dirty water
7 Don’t share earphones or earplugs
8 Don’t listen to loud sounds or noisy music
Encouraging governments to integrate ear and hearing care into training programmes for health care providers at primary level is also an important aim.

If you are experiencing any problems with your hearing get in touch with us for a free hearing assessment.

Ring 0800 028 6179 or email to make an appointment