March 3rd is International Ear and Hearing Day AKA World Hearing Day! It's time to take notice of those adorable sound catchers perched on the side of your head. Or what hearing health professionals like to call ears. International Ear and Hearing Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization to bring attention to hearing loss issues not just in the USA but around the world.
Launched in Beijing in 2007, International Ear and World Hearing Day picks a theme every year and tries to bring global attention to that theme. Last year a seminar was organized in Geneva and the theme was Make Listening Safe. For 2016 the theme is Childhood Hearing Loss: act now here is how!
The goal of this year's theme, according to WHO, "The day aims to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of [childhood] hearing loss." From Kenya, to Nigeria, to Nepal, Pakistan, the Phillipines, Qatar, and here in the USA--to name just a few places--people will participate in activities or simply spread the word. Friends, family, coworkers, and educators are often unaware of or on the lookout for childhood hearing loss. Here are a few important facts that are bound to make you the hit of Facebook, Twitter, the PTA, and the office break room.
Common Causes of Childhood Hearing Loss:
So spread the word on Facebook and Twitter and at the office break room! Many parents remain unaware of childhood hearing loss or have no idea that they should be having their kids tested annually. Having your child's ears tested, arguably, could be as important or more important than testing your child's eyesight, because hearing loss is often difficult to detect in children and can be misdiagnosed as ADD or normal childhood inattention.
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