The World Health Organization is in charge of several global public health programs. There are so many critical and life-threatening conditions that need attention worldwide, but the WHO has found it worthwhile to devote an entire day to hearing health: World Hearing Day on March 3.
A day for all ages
World Hearing Day was created to encourage people to take preventative steps to reduce hearing loss and seek help for hearing loss. This year’s theme is ‘Hearing care for all,’ which promotes the idea that hearing treatment and prevention are essential for individuals at any age.
Children are one of the groups that the World Health Organization is targeting with their initiative. World Hearing Day is an opportunity to reduce the devastating 34 million children who have debilitating hearing loss worldwide, mostly by avoiding disorders that affect children at birth. Many disorders that affect children may affect their hearing, but many families and healthcare professionals are unaware of this.
Not only does World Hearing Day raise awareness about childhood hearing loss, but it also raises questions about young adults’ potentially risky activities. Hearing loss is becoming more common as a result of recreational noise. Leisure noise has a powerful impact on the ears, whether listening to loud music at a concert or dance club or playing very loud sound through earbuds or headphones. Many listeners are unaware of how damaging sound can become, especially while using earbuds or headphones. According to the World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational sound exposure. World Hearing Day offers an opportunity to raise awareness of these potential adverse effects of persistent noise. While it may be impossible to alter an entire generation’s actions, the World Health Organization claims it is not too late to halt the tide of hearing loss caused by loud sounds.
Protect yourself and get tested
With these critical issues in mind, you may be thinking about what you can do to help celebrate World Hearing Day.
Wearing hearing protection and taking hearing breaks from loud noise are both excellent ways to protect yourself from getting noise-induced hearing loss. However, getting your hearing checked is probably the simplest and most important thing you can do. If you already have hearing loss, having a test is a perfect way to see if your condition has deteriorated. And those who do not think they have hearing loss will also benefit from a hearing test. The first step is to develop a baseline hearing standard, and you can discover whether you have undiagnosed hearing loss.
At the moment, you may be depending on guesswork to fill in the holes in your hearing, so a hearing test will make it clear whether you need treatment or not. When you’ve arranged your test, you’ll be happy you took the time to take control of your hearing health.
Hearing aids can make a difference.
Following a hearing test, a hearing professional can educate you on the best treatments for your unique condition and level of hearing loss.
Hearing aids have come a long way. New technologies are being introduced every day to resolve issues such as difficulty distinguishing speech, hearing in a noisy environment, and isolating sounds. Hearing aids do not regain natural hearing, but they do greatly enhance it. It becomes easier to understand what others are doing.
Birds singing, doorbells ringing, the rustling leaves, and running water can become audible to you if you haven’t heard them in a long time. Hearing aids can significantly enhance a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Hearing aids boost the quality of life in general, according to research and personal experience, and can benefit you in the following ways:
- Improve the quality of your relationships with family, colleagues, and coworkers.
- Help you feel more self-assured and competent
- Improve your physical and emotional well-being by improving your mental health.
- Improve your attention and concentration.
- Help you feel less drained or tired.
- Give you confidence in your ability to engage in social events.
With so many hearing aid technology developments, why not follow the World Health Organization’s advice and schedule a hearing test right now? Contact us today!