March 3 is World Hearing Day!

World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day has now passed. Click here to watch the recording of our special World Hearing Day webinar.

World Hearing Day is an annual global advocacy event and the most extensive awareness campaign calling for action to address hearing loss and related issues. By celebrating this day, we bring additional awareness about hearing loss and the importance of ear and hearing care and enable communities worldwide to promote this important health issue as a national agenda item. Every year, this day addresses a specific theme. 

The theme of World Hearing Day 2021 is:

Hearing care for ALL!
Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate

World Hearing Day aims to address the following: 

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life. 
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds; good ear care practices and immunization. 
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought. 
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly. 
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider.

Learn more about World Hearing Day on the campaign webpage.

World Hearing Day 2021 will also mark the launch of the first World Report on Hearing, which aims to drive policy actions to have ear and hearing care in all national health policies worldwide. Both the World Hearing Day and the dissemination of the World Report on Hearing provide great opportunities for raising awareness of and generating action on ear and hearing care around the world.

The World Report on Hearing

The World Report on Hearing will place a spotlight on the following key messages: 

  1. The number of people living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable.
  2. Timely action is needed to prevent and address hearing loss across the life course.
  3. Investing in cost effective interventions will benefit people with hearing loss and bring financial gains to the society.
  4. Countries must integrate people-centered ear and hearing care within national health plans for universal health coverage.

Read the World Report on Hearing now!

You may also refer to this FAQ prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

A Word from SAC’s Director of Audiology

SAC's Director of Audiology, Lynda Gibbons, speaks to the importance of World Hearing Day and the WHO's first World Report on Hearing.


Promotional Materials

To enable you to participate in the World Hearing Day festivities, the WHO has created a variety of posters and social media graphics for everyone to use on their own social media channels. For more information on how to participate on World Hearing Day, including which hashtags to use, please visit the World Hearing Day webpage. 

Please refer to the links below to access these materials.