World Hearing Day, March 3 2021

World Hearing Day is celebrated annually on 3 March – this year’s theme is Hearing Care for ALL… SCREEN: REHABILITATE: COMMUNICATE and here you will find infographics to support your ongoing adovcacy work:

www.who.int/activities/highlighting-priorities-for-ear-and-hearing-care

Each year is a different theme and global action has grown – last year there were 588 activities registered around the world, from 108 countries. Looking on the website to see examples is interesting! If you look at Celebrating World Hearing Day (who.int) you will see this year’s information as well as all the preceding years.

Join their Facebook page and visit #hearathon #hearingcare to see the worldwide events which took place this year throughout the day.

And in EUROPE – the Virtual Lunch Debate 12.30-14.30 took place with over 500 registrants and here is the link for the landing page so you can see the programme: https://www.meetings.be/Debate2021/

Members of our Community throughout the world held events to celebrate World Hearing Day, inspired by the work of WHO.

From the UK an article from the National Association of Deafened People by Sue Archbold and Lidia Best on ensuring hearing care for all: https://www.healthawareness.co.uk/e-n-t/ensuring-hearing-care-for-all/

The Lancet publishes data on Hearing Loss and the Global Burden of Disease in support of WHO report

A paper on The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) looking at the prevalence of hearing loss in 2019, as well as the condition’s associated disability has been published by the Lancet today 13 March 2021.

The paper finds that “hearing loss was ranked as the third most common cause of YLDs (years lived with disability) in the GBD. Compared with other disease categories in the GBD, age-related and other hearing loss was the third largest cause of global YLDs in 2019 after low back pain and migraine, and was ranked first among sensory disorders.”

early rehabilitation along with use of hearing devices such as cochlear implants are also cost-effective, despite large costs associated with initial technology investments and the risks of infectious complications after implantation.

Lancet 2021

CIICA will be doing a full analysis of the paper which will be available in the member’s section shortly. The paper can be accessed at the link below;

Hearing loss prevalence and years lived with disability, 1990–2019: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00516-X



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