World Hearing Day
3 March 2018
Hearing the Future
On the occasion of World Hearing Day, the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) urges governments to take action to implement comprehensive hearing health care programs including early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation and the reduction of noise exposure. In developing programs, governments are called upon to consult with persons with hearing loss in member organizations of IFHOH and regional networks.
Action is required given the increasing numbers of persons with hearing losses and their unmet needs, stated IFHOH President Dr. Ruth Warick. The social impact and economic cost of not addressing hearing loss impacts on individuals and society, and costs more than providing treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, she noted.
The World Health Organization (WHO) now estimates that 455 million people worldwide experience hearing loss, up from the previous estimate of 360 million people. The increase is due to a growing aging population, noise exposure, complications from ear and vaccine-preventable infections like measles, mumps and rubella and from certain medicines. By the year 2050, some 900 million people could experience disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss costs an estimated $750 billion annually.
For more resources and information about World Hearing Day please see:http://www.who.int/deafness/world-hearing-day/whd-2018/en/
IFHOH is an international, non-profit federation of hard of hearing people, which provides a platform for co-operation and information exchange among its members and interested parties. IFHOH and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) promote greater understanding of hearing loss issues and seek to improve access for hard of hearing people. IFHOH is registered in Germany and has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). For more information please go to IFHOH’s websitewww.ifhoh.org
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