Hearing Health for World Hearing Day

Everyone loves a holiday, especially when it means a day off from work or school. But, some important days are celebrated differently. Take World Hearing Day, for example. This special day comes on March 3rd each year and is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO). While it doesn’t mean time off from work or school responsibilities, it does mean raising awareness about hearing health, deafness, and hearing loss around the globe.

WHO’s key messages for World Hearing Day
2020

Each
year, the World
Health Organization
determines a theme for World Hearing Day. This
year, it’s “Hearing for life. Don’t let hearing loss limit you.” Based on this
theme, WHO has determined four key messages to celebrate the day and raise
awareness:

  • Healthy hearing promotes good
    communication.
    Every healthy relationship has its roots in great
    communication. This includes non-verbal cues such as body language, spoken
    words, and, of course, the reception of them. Hearing impairments can
    negatively affect relationships if they are left untreated. Learning more about
    hearing
    loss and relationships
    is a great way for people to understand
    the important role that hearing plays in this aspect of our lives. This brings
    us to the next key message.
  • Early detection and treatment of hearing
    loss is important.
    In addition to helping with communication,
    hearing is important for normal development in children. Speech and language
    development, for example, is closely related to auditory cues interpreted by
    the brain. With these cues missing or skewed by a hearing impairment, a child
    may exhibit speech and language delays. When hearing loss is correctly
    identified and treated early, however, these negative effects can be minimized.
    As the child grows older, adapting
    the school environment
    is possible and doing so makes their
    educational success more likely.

The same idea can be applied to hearing loss that is
diagnosed in adulthood. When detected and treated early, this can prevent
people with hearing loss from having feelings of social isolation, cognitive
decline, or difficulty in the workplace.

  • Hearing loss interventions worldwide are lacking. Hearing impairments are certainly not just an American problem. In fact, worldwide hearing loss statistics reported by WHO are staggering: approximately one-third of the entire world’s population over the age of 65 has disabling hearing loss! While many Americans with hearing loss cope with the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, medical or surgical treatments, and more, such interventions are not all available worldwide. Continued efforts are needed to raise awareness of the need for hearing health care around the globe, especially in underserved areas such as third world countries.
  • Our health system should support hearing
    loss treatment.
    The hearing treatment options listed above can
    be expensive. Hearing aids, for example, can cost thousands of dollars. This
    can be especially troublesome for retired individuals living on a fixed income.
    Does health
    insurance cover hearing aids
    or other hearing health care?
    The answer is not simple. It depends on an individual’s plan as well as the
    insurance company itself. National hearing organizations continue to lobby for
    additional insurance coverage so that individuals with hearing loss can get the
    treatment they so desperately need.

Hearing health care all year long

While
national or worldwide awareness days are great for championing a cause, it’s
important to remember this topic all year long. Hearing health plays a vital
role in each of our lives and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Regular hearing
testing and check-ups by a hearing professional are critical for early
detection and treatment of hearing changes. Is it time for YOUR hearing
evaluation? Contact
your audiologist
to schedule an appointment today! They’ll be
glad to “hear” from you!

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World Hearing Day – Hearing Health Topics for 2020 was last modified: March 2nd, 2020 by joey