World Hearing Day: ASHA Member Digital Toolkit
World Hearing Day, an observance designated by the World Health Organization, aims to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. It is celebrated annually on March 3. The 2020 World Hearing Day theme is "Hearing for Life."
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World Health Organization Resources
Hearing for Life
From infants to seniors, a variety of intervention and treatment options exist for hearing loss.
Know Your Options: Early Intervention and Treatment Services Across the Lifespan
Addressing hearing loss isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Options exist across the lifespan.
In Their Own Words: Living Well With Hearing Loss Across the Lifespan
Children and adults with hearing loss can lead full and fulfilling lives. Here are some of their words.
At all life stages, hearing damage can occur. At all life stages, hearing protection is key.
Hearing Protection: In Utero
Hearing protection starts in the womb! Although not all causes of hearing loss are preventable, some are. Mothers can help protect themselves and their unborn babies.
Hearing Protection: Babies and Young Children
Babies and young children who weren’t born with hearing problems can still acquire them after birth. Be vigilant when it comes to hearing protection!
Hearing Protection: Older Children and Adolescents
Older children and teenagers have some unique risk factors for hearing loss. They can protect their hearing from common hazards.
Hearing Protection: Adults and Seniors
Hearing loss affects almost 38 million American adults. Although it’s a serious condition on its own, hearing loss is also associated with other conditions.
Across the Lifespan: Why Early Intervention and Treatment Matter
Across the lifespan, early intervention and timely treatment can transform lives.
Newborns and Young Children
A majority of brain development and communication development occurs between birth and 3 years of age. The fuel for this growth is exposure to language, whether spoken language or signed language.
Older Children and Adolescents
Left unaddressed, hearing loss may cause academic, behavioral, and communication problems.
Hearing loss can affect every area of a person’s life, including physical health, mental health, career success, social life, personal relationships, and overall quality of life.
In addition to the health and mental health concerns for adults of all ages with hearing loss, seniors face additional challenges.