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World Hearing Day 2023 highlights the importance of integrating ear and hearing care within primary care, as an essential component of universal health coverage

Key messages

  • Ear and hearing problems are among the most common problems encountered in the community.
  • Over 60% of these can be identified and addressed at the primary level of care.
  • Integration of ear and hearing care into primary care services is possible through training and capacity building at this level.
  • Such integration will benefit people and help countries move towards the goal of universal health coverage.

On this day, WHO launched a new training manual – Primary ear and hearing care training manual. The manual will be accompanied with trainer’s handbook and other community resources and needs to be shared widely in primary care services. Down load at

Launch of the World Hearing Forum website

Ahead of World Hearing Day on 3 March, the World Hearing Forum launched a website under the banner ‘Ear and hearing care for all!’. Created by the Forum’s ‘Changemakers group’, the site contains powerful stories of high-profile supporters and everyday “Changemakers” – people from around the world living with hearing loss. We hope their stories will help generate awareness while driving action on hearing loss. Collectively, our voices are stronger. We invite you to visit the website, read the stories and share with others.


World Hearing Day, 3 March 2022: To listen for life, listen with care!

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What are you planning for World Hearing Day? Every year on 3 March World Hearing Day is celebrated globally with a huge range of activities on one theme. In 2022 the theme is To Listen for Life, Listen with Care!

World Hearing Day will mark the launch of:

  • Global standard for safe listening entertainment venues​,
  • mSafeListening handbook​, and
  • Media toolkit for journalists.

This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of hearing loss, and your activities. Go to  World Hearing Day 2022 ( to see some great resources and ideas for your activities and join in the global activities on the day!

You can register your activity for World Hearing Day and see an overview of all the planned projects at Projects Overview – World Hearing Day

There are small grants available to help you with a closing date of 7 February 2022 and go to World Hearing Forum / Coalition for Global Hearing Health Small Grants ( to apply.

Here is the link to the report of activities from 2021:—report-of-activities__;!!Eh6P0A!DoknTczGE2tY2lecyUnt7csz94SX6S1VO2-He9tbVuKTG6W_0Idb8JYJn_zvBTlJHySGaWR2$


WHO launches Hearing Screening: Considerations for Implementation

The World report on hearing recommends that WHO Member States take urgent and evidence-based policy action to prevent, identify and rehabilitate hearing loss. Screening for hearing loss and ear diseases at specific time points forms an important part of this strategy.

HEARING screening: considerations for implementation builds on the recommendations made in the World report on hearing. It aims to provide Member States with technical guidance for establishing evidence-based programmes for hearing screening in different target age-groups and to facilitate early interventions for ear diseases and hearing loss in: 

  • newborns and infants
  • schoolchildren 
  • older people

Screening was identified as vital to our network members and the World Health Organisation launched this handbook on screening this week. Three more webinars will be available to share more information about each area. To register go here: Launch of HEARING screening: considerations for recommendations (

These are all vital issues for the CIICA network  wherever you are. WHO hope it inspires hearing screening programmes to facilitate early intervention to address hearing loss. 

Go to Hearing screening: considerations for implementation ( to download the document which provides information and evidence to establish screening programmes. 

More information at