Over 5% of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss

WHO estimates that 360 million people have disabling hearing loss. It assists countries to develop programmes for primary ear and hearing care that raise awareness, provide support and technical guidance to health care workers and promote social inclusion for people with hearing loss.

International Ear Care Day is celebrated each year on 3 March. The 2014 campaign focuses on the message, “Ear care can avoid hearing loss”, to highlight that primary prevention and healthy ear care practices could prevent over half of cases of hearing loss.