3rd March is observed as World Hearing Day. It is observed to promote activities and actions to be taken on a community level to protect hearing. Hearing loss is the most sensory disability. According to WHO, over 275 million people are deaf or suffering from hearing loss. The day was first observed in 2007 in China. Before 2016, the day was known as “International Ear Care Day”. In 2017 it was renamed as “World Hearing Day by World Health Organization (WHO).
Theme of World Hearing Day 2018; “Hear the Future”
Each year WHO decides a theme for the World Hearing Day and prepare brochures, events accordingly. The theme of World Hearing Day 2017 was “Action for hearing loss”, in 2016 it was “Childhood hearing loss”. This year WHO has decided the theme to be “Hear the Future”. The purpose of this theme is to anticipate the increase in the number of people with hearing disability in the future. The focus is to highlight the hearing loss issue and prepare some preventive plans. The strategies will ensure that the hearing impaired people do have access to rehabilitation centers and are fully aware of the tools and products for the prevention and treatment.