World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, WHO decides the theme and develops a brochure on the topic based on the best available evidence as well as advocacy materials such as posters, banners, infographics and presentations, among others. These materials are shared with partners in government and civil society around the world as well as WHO colleagues across the Organization. At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual World Hearing Day seminar. In recent years, an increasing number of Member States and other partner agencies have joined World Hearing Day by hosting a range of activities and events in their countries. WHO invites all stakeholders to join this global initiative.
World Hearing Day 2019: Check your hearing!
On World Hearing Day 2019, WHO will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.
Let’s see the growth in 1 year:
World Hearing Day 2018
The theme of World Hearing Day 2018 was “Hear the future”. This drew attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades.
Ahead of World Hearing Day on March 3, 2019, experts have urged everyone to get themselves checked to prevent unsafe listening practices, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimating a rising trend of hearing impairment across the globe.
“Earlobes have two important functions – localisation of sound and reflecting the unwanted sound. Using earphones, one bypasses them.
We think we are hearing very well, but today’s earphone users are going to be tomorrow’s hearing aid users,” said Sudipta Chandra, ENT, head and neck cancer specialist.
However, there is no significant study that can provide a fixed duration of hours of earphone usage that is safe. Using headphone and portable speakers are fine if the volume is below 85 decibels.Why March 3
Because 3.3 resembles the shape of two ears.
Why it matters ?
Approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss. An overwhelming majority of them reside in low and middle-income countries such as India and commonly lack access to required services and interventions.
Ditch your headphones.
The overuse of headphone for more than 6 hours with 80 decibel (db) noise can lead to deafness. The amount of hearing loss that one will suffer is related both to the volume, measured in db, and the duration that one is exposed to the sound.
Things To do:
Everyone should get their ears checked from time to time, especially those who are at a higher risk of hearing loss such as adults above 50 years, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time and those experiencing ear problems Raise awareness about the importance of hearing Encourage people to check their hearing regularly and practice safe listening.
The WHO estimates that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk of hearing loss – and that number is increasing. Beyond ear injuries and infections, long-term exposure to harmful sound levels can cause hearing loss, or ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus) – no matter what your age.
Audiologist and Sivantos Clinical Educator Dr. Patricia “Tish” Ramirez offers these 5 tips to help protect the hearing you’ve got and address the hearing you may have lost.
1. Be honest with yourself. Do you find yourself missing lines in movies? Asking friends or colleagues to repeat themselves more often? Withdrawing in group conversations because they’re hard to follow? Even mild hearing loss can take its toll, both socially and professionally.
2. It won’t get better by itself. Currently, there is no medical or surgical treatment for hearing loss caused by noise, but the condition is treatable!
3. Check it out. Just like an annual physical, regular dentist appointments or eye exams, you should have your hearing checked regularly. To find a hearing care professional near you, visit https://www.signiausa.com/world-hearing-day.
4. Take action. Does the idea of wearing a hearing aid make you cringe? Well, your concept of a hearing aid may be very outdated. A new generation of hearing aids are super slim, stylish, virtually invisible, and can connect to your phone, music and TV.
5. Practice Safe Listening. If you do have hearing loss, you should take steps to keep it from getting worse. Avoid noisy places whenever possible. Use earplugs, protective ear muffs, or noise-canceling headphones when around loud noises. Keep the volume down when listening through earbuds or headphones.
Tracey Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing, Sivantos, Inc., said: “Hearing loss is becoming increasingly prevalent. In fact, many people suffer from a hearing impairment and don’t yet realize it. We applaud the World Health Organization in their efforts to draw attention to this growing problem. As a leading hearing aid manufacturer, our focus and dedication are on developing innovative solutions across a wide range of hearing needs, and increasing the quality of life for countless people with hearing loss.”
Sivantos launched its new, state-of-the-art Signia Styletto Connect hearing aid on Friday, March 1.
About Sivantos Group:
The business operations of the former Siemens AG hearing aid division have been combined into the Sivantos Group since early 2015. Sivantos can look back on 140 years of German engineering and countless global innovations. Today Sivantos is one of the leading hearing aid manufacturers worldwide.
With its around 6,000 employees, the group recorded revenues of EUR 1100 million in the fiscal year 2017/2018 and an adj. EBITDA of EUR 262 million. Sivantos’ international sales organization supplies hearing care specialists and sales partners in more than 120 countries.
Particularly high value is placed on product development. Sivantos aims to become the market leader in the coming years with its brands Signia, Audio Service, Rexton, A&M, HearUSA, TruHearing and audibene. The owners of Sivantos are the anchor investors EQT along with the Strüngmann family as a co-investor. Sivantos GmbH is a brand license holder of Siemens AG.
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