World Hearing Day is held on March 3rd each year. It is a day to promote hearing care and it is designed to educate the world on hearing loss. World Hearing Day is announced by the World Health Organization (WHO). There is a different theme each year, and this year’s theme is “check your hearing.” The idea behind this year’s event is to promote hearing care before it becomes severe.
The WHO estimates there are over 450 million people worldwide are suffering from severe hearing loss. Of the 450 million, 7% are children. Below are ten facts about deafness.
- 466 million people worldwide live with severe hearing loss. This is an astonishing 5% of the world’s population. There are over 30 million children (0-14) who live with the issue.
- Unaddressed hearing problems account for 750 billion international dollars per year. There is a significant cost to having unaddressed hearing problems. These costs include medical, work loss, and productivity. Preventative efforts to screen and prevent hearing issues are more cost-effective than unaddressed issues.
- 34 million children live with severe hearing impairment. It is estimated there will be one in one-thousand babies born with deafness. If they are not born deaf, they will acquire deafness shortly after birth. It is best to detect a child’s hearing issue early.
- Frequent ear infections are a leading cause of hearing impairment. Chronic ear infections are considered any ear infection left to treat itself. However, hearing impairment in children with chronic diseases can be prevented, if the ear infection is treated.
- 1 out of every five people in the world older than 65 is affected by severe deafness. Age-related hearing problems can be helped. There are hearing aids for the elderly that will allow them to continue being included.
- Noise is an avoidable cause of hearing problems. There are some events and personal devices that set off a loud noise. These can all be prevented by raising awareness.
- Our occupation can cause us to develop hearing problems. Also, the use of some ototoxic medications can cause severe loss of hearing.
- Those with a loss of hearing can be helped with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- Sign language and others, like captioning, can help us communicate with those who have lost their hearing.
- 60% of childhood loss of hearing can be prevented.
To learn more about World Hearing Day and what you can do to preserve your hearing, contact us today.