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3rd March 2019 - World Hearing Day - Check your hearing!

Unless action is taken, by 2030 there will be nearly 630 million people with disabling hearing loss; by 2050, the number could rise to over 900 million.

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.


Download the Infographic by WHO: Hearing loss is on the rise

The hearWHOApp

Early detection of hearing loss is crucial for its effective rehabilitation. In order to ensure that hearing loss is noticed as early as possible, all people should check their hearing from time to time, especially those who are at a higher risk of hearing loss. They include people who often listen to loud music, work in noisy places, use medicines that are harmful to hearing, or who are above 60 years old. In order to facilitate hearing checks, WHO has developed a mobile and web-based software application for hearing screening.

The hearWHO app is based on validated digits-in-noise technology. This app gives the general public access to a hearing screener to check their hearing status and monitor it over time. The easy to use app clearly display the users’ results and keeps a personalized track record of their hearing status over time.

The app is especially recommended for those who commonly listen to loud music over personal audio devices. It can also be used by health workers to screen people in the community for hearing loss and refer them for diagnostic testing if they fail the screening.

The app is presently available in English only. Language versions will be made available in late 2019. WHO has been guided by an advisory group consisting of: Dr Jackie Clark, Dr Deborah Ferrari, Dr Cas Smits and Dr De Wet Swanepoel in the development of this app.


Prepare for it: hearing loss can be prevented

Preventing hearing loss is possible. No matter your professional role in society, you can contribute by raising awareness about hearing loss and how to prevent it; promoting early diagnosis and specialized care; and working to ensure access to and use of hearing devices and communication and rehabilitation services.

Newborn Hearing Screening related courses on Neonatal Care Academy, please see our courses below.

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