“Hearing for Life” is the theme of World Hearing Day March 3rd. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), this day shines the spotlight on preventing, identifying and treating hearing loss across the lifespan.
This year, the campaign would like to highlight the importance of communication at all ages and stages of life. Hearing provides connection in our communities and in our world. Identifying hearing loss in the earliest stages can help meet the best outcomes for education, employment, and social connections.
The four key messages of the WHO campaign this year are:
- At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.
- For those who have hearing loss, appropriate and timely interventions can facilitate access to education, employment, and communication.
- Globally, there is a lack of access to interventions—such as hearing aids—that can help address hearing loss.
- Early intervention should be made available through the health systems.
Addressing These Problems
There are many things you can do to address these problems. Hearing loss can occur at any age. Watch for signs of communication difficulty and take action when you see them. Protect your hearing. This can mean avoiding loud noise or wearing hearing protection. It can also mean taking care of your overall health, avoiding behaviors such as smoking that can put you at risk for hearing loss, and treating and managing health conditions such as diabetes that can lead to hearing loss. If you think that you or a family member has hearing loss, don’t wait to seek treatment.
Audiologists, who hold advanced degrees in hearing healthcare, are able to identify a hearing loss and help find the best path forward for treatment. They are able to work with people of all ages to evaluate hearing. Treating hearing loss can improve your quality of life and overall health. At Constance Brown Hearing Centers we are able to provide comprehensive healthcare for all ages and recommend a timely treatment plan to address your needs. We participate in early intervention programs such as newborn hearing screening. We are focused on providing an individual solution to connect you to your world.
By Rachel Clayton, CBHC Audiologist