On World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March, WHO drew attention to the economic impact of unaddressed hearing loss through the theme “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”. This week, WHO has released an activities report about it, where you can find EURO-CIU named as one of the collaborators, on page 23.
The theme for World Hearing Day 2018 is ‘Hear the Future’ which will discuss the projected rise in the prevalence of hearing loss in the coming years.
WHO estimates that lack of attention towards hearing loss poses an overall annual cost of 750 billion international dollars globally and has a significant impact on the lives of those affected. Prevention, screening for early identification, rehabilitation through hearing devices and captioning are among the cost-effective strategies which can mitigate hearing loss and its consequences.
The report mentions activities all around the globe. EURO-CIU will continue supporting WHO working towards the same goal and hopefully helping raise awareness about hearing loss.