World Hearing Day 2021 is on March 3. This year’s theme is “Hearing care for ALL!” World Hearing Day is a time to learn more about your hearing health, and to find out how untreated hearing loss decreases the quality of life. Each year, World Hearing Day can remind you to get a hearing screening, monitor your hearing health, and treat hearing loss to enjoy all the benefits of easy communication.
What is World Hearing Day?
World Hearing Day is a yearly call to action, encouraging policymakers and individuals to take a close look at their hearing health. It’s organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), and it aims to ask people worldwide to see the burden of hearing loss, and recognize its impact on millions of people around the world.
On this day, policymakers are asked to:
- Recognize that hearing loss is affecting millions of people worldwide, and millions of people aren’t getting the help they need.
- Take action to address hearing loss and encourage people to treat their hearing loss.
- Invest in policies that will make hearing health care more affordable for everyone.
More on Hearing Loss
Did you know that 50 million Americans of every age have hearing loss? These Americans have a hard time communicating with loved ones and struggle to follow conversations. They face poor quality of life, and often feel isolated and alone. Hearing loss is caused by a number of factors, including age, noise, injury, illness, or even some medications. It’s often a gradual process, and the person with hearing loss may not notice at first that they have a hearing loss.
Learning more about hearing loss will make you an advocate for anyone with hearing loss, and give you the right tools to help.
What Can You Do to Help?
- Talk about hearing loss: Talking openly about hearing loss can reduce the stigma around hearing loss. Your family and friends may think that hearing loss only affects seniors. That’s just not true. Hearing loss affects people of all ages, so if your loved one is worried hearing loss will make them seem old, encourage them to reconsider.
- Get a hearing test: Another way you can help your loved ones with hearing loss is to gently encourage them to get a hearing test. Finding out more about what sounds they’re missing will help them make the right decision for their hearing health.
- Wear hearing protection: Another way you reduce the risk of hearing loss for yourself and your loved ones is by wearing hearing protection. A lot of everyday sounds can cause hearing loss, so when you’re exposed to loud noise, pop in a pair of earplugs and ask your loved ones to do the same. You can download a noise level reader on your phone to tell you when it’s too loud. You can also use this simple rule of thumb: if you need to shout to talk to the person beside you, it’s too loud. It’s that simple. If you find yourself shouting, put in your earplugs and offer some to your friend as well.
- Get a Hearing Test: Do you have healthy hearing? Until you get a hearing test you can’t know the answer to that question. Hearing loss is a gradual process, and your brain adapts to changes in your hearing abilities. This means you could be missing out on a lot of sounds around you, and not even know about it. For example, you might not be hearing the hum of the fridge, the sound of traffic passing outside, or the twittering of birds. That’s why getting a hearing test is so important.
Treating Hearing Loss
If you or a family member has hearing loss, World Hearing Day is a great time to schedule a hearing test for yourself or your loved one. Contact us to schedule a hearing test and see what sounds you’re missing.
Once you know exactly what you’re hearing and not hearing, you can make the right decision for your hearing health. Treating hearing loss will make it easy to communicate and you’ll have more energy for the things you love. Come celebrate World Hearing Day with a hearing test today!