World Hearing Day is held on the 3rd of March each year by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and to promote ear and hearing care across the world.
On World Hearing Day 2019, the WHO will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.
On the 3rd of March 2019, the WHO will launch a free app that allows people to check their hearing.
The WHO recommends that all people should check their hearing from time to time, especially those who are at a higher risk of hearing loss such as adults above 50 years, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time and those experiencing ear problems.
Debate at the European Parliament
On the occasion of World Hearing Day, a lunch debate under the headline “Protect and check your hearing” will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on March 6th. The debate will be hosted by MEP Igor Šoltes from Slovenia.
The topics and speakers are:
- Safe Listening and Early Identification at all ages, Dr Shelly Chadha, WHO
- Economic Reasons to have Your Hearing Checked, Mr. Kim Ruberg, Hear-it AISBL
- How to make sure that Hearing Protection is Safe, Mark Laureyns, AEA
- Social Aspects of Early Identification, Darja Pajk, EFHOH
- The Slovenian Hearing Awareness Campaign - Mladen Veršič, Zveza
The lunch debate will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday March 6th from 12.30 to 14.30 in Room A1G-3.