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«Hearing Care for All» is the motto of World Hearing Day 2021. The WHO dedicates March 3 to raising awareness around the world of the importance of good hearing, the early detection and the treatment of hearing loss. This year marks the launch of the first World Report on Hearing with important facts about hearing health and a call for governments to make audiological treatment accessible to everyone. As a member of the WHO World Hearing Forum, the Hear the World Foundation has supported the preparation of this report.

Alarming facts

Currently one in five people around the world are affected by hearing loss and 80% of these people live in low-income and middle-income countries, and have no access to audiological care. The WHO predicts that, by 2050, 2.5 billion people will suffer from hearing loss and more than 700 million people will need rehabilitation therapy. However, instances of hearing loss could often have been avoided by preventative measures or early treatment. Hearing loss in children could be prevented by means of public health measures in as many as 60% of cases.  

The personal and social cost, and the cost to society of untreated hearing loss is immense. If hearing loss is not detected or treated in a timely manner,  this can result in social  isolation, and limited access to education and the employment market.  

World Report on Hearing: learn more

Call to action

Lend your voice to the WHO’s campaign and help to give all people access to audiological care. 

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

Join in and share the messages from the WHO and our foundation on social media. Each post helps to make even more people aware of this important issue.

Our how-to «Hearing Care for All»

Since 2006, the Hear the World Foundation has been supporting projects around the world benefiting children in need with hearing loss. We pursue a sustainable approach in our work and focus on the following areas: prevention, capacity building, hearing screenings, technology, rehabilitation, and social integration.  

You too can help to achieve «Hearing Care for All» by supporting our projects. Every donation and every share on social media helps!