Cochlear supports the World Health Organisation’s call for urgent global action on hearing loss.
March 3 is World Hearing Day
Cochlear and hearing health organisations across the globe have joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) on World Hearing Day in the effort to make action on hearing loss a higher health priority for governments, communities and families. Learn more when you visit our Together We Make a Difference video.
This year, the theme for World Hearing Day is “Childhood hearing loss – Act now, here’s how!”. Up to 60% of global childhood hearing loss may be preventable. (1) Please visit our Audiology Online course: Pediatric Friendly Features of the Cochlear Nucleus cochlear implant System to learn more.
Worldwide, 360 million people, including 32 million children, suffer from disabling hearing loss. An estimated 56 million people would benefit from hearing loss solutions such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, but only a fraction get access.(1,2)
“The reality is that many causes of hearing loss can be prevented through public health measures, screening, early diagnosis and treatment”, Chris Smith CEO of Cochlear said. “But a lot of people just don’t know what assistance is out there for them. That’s why World Hearing Day is so important – it’s a way to increase awareness and reach out to those who need help. Cochlear is proud to support the WHO and World Hearing Day 2016, and to play a part in raising awareness about hearing loss and the steps that can be taken for better ear and hearing care.”
There is a renewed focus within the WHO, supported by many health and advocacy organisations, for a new resolution to inspire global action on hearing loss. A new resolution can take into account the enormous advances in hearing health treatment and technology that did not exist when the last resolution was passed over 20 years ago in 1995.
1. Childhood hearing loss. Act now, here’s how! 2016 Report by World Health Organisation
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