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World Report on Hearing

03 March 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first-ever 
World Report on Hearing (WRH).

WHO has said that ear and hearing care were a key priority for all health system and "an investment and the cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford." It added that WRH aimed for a future in which "no individual experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes, and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through rehabilitation, education and empowerment."

WHO has also published a mnemonic H.E.A.R.I.N.G that countries can apply to tackle the serious and growing public health challenges associated with hearing problems.

  • Hearing screening and intervention
  • Ear disease prevention and management
  • Access to technologies
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Improved communication
  • Noise reduction
  • Greater community engagement.

Read the World Report on Hearing

To learn more about how you can help ensure ear and hearing care for all, read resources the Alliance has co-produced with NHS England and public health experts.



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