World Hearing Day

Untreated hearing loss threatens nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide – WHO 

By 2050, around one-in-four people will be living with some degree of hearing loss, the UN health agency warned on Tuesday, in its first World Report on Hearing

News in Brief 2 March 2021

  • We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres 
  • Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners 
  • One in four people projected to have hearing problems by 2050 
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‘Once lost, hearing doesn’t come back,’ World Health Organization warns on World Hearing Day

Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. To address this problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people on this year’s World Hearing Day, held on March 3, to check their hearing.

UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem.

Preventing hearing loss "infinitely easier" than treating it: WHO

Over five per cent of the world’s population is living with hearing loss, but preventing the condition is “infinitely easier” than treating it.

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