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World Hearing Day 2024 – 3 March 2024

World Hearing Day 2024 – 3 March 2024

Changing mindsets: Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all!

“Hearing loss has often been referred to as an “invisible disability”, not just because of the lack of visible symptoms, but because it has long been stigmatized in communities and ignored by policy-makers” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

World Hearing Day 2024 will focus on overcoming the challenges posed by societal misperceptions and stigmatizing mindsets through awareness-raising and information-sharing, targeted at the public and health care providers.

 

Key messages

  • Globally, over 80% of ear and hearing care needs remain unmet.
  • Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual cost of nearly US$1 trillion globally.
  • Deeply ingrained societal misperceptions and stigmatizing mindsets are key factors that limit efforts for preventing and addressing hearing loss.
  • Changing mindsets related to ear and hearing care is crucial to improving access and mitigating the cost of unaddressed hearing loss

 

World Hearing Day 2024 will be observed with the following objectives:

  1. Counter the common misperceptions related to ear and hearing problems in communities and among health care providers.
  2. Provide accurate and evidence-based information to change public perceptions of ear and hearing problems.
  3. Call on countries and civil society to address misperceptions and stigmatizing mindsets related to hearing loss, as a crucial step towards ensuring equitable access to ear and hearing care.

*WHO estimates that unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual cost of $980 billion each year. This is the cost incurred due to the impact of hearing loss without rehabilitation access, including productivity losses and social exclusion.

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Member States, partners and stakeholders are encouraged to organize events to raise awareness in communities, in order to address misperceptions around ear and hearing problems and ensure accessible ear and hearing care.

Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all!

Event Information

}  March 03, 2024
  Sunday, 06:30 am to 06:30 am
n  Special Events & Dates
  #worldhearingday

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