Living With Hearing Loss Joins the World Hearing Forum

Living with Hearing Loss is proud to join the World Hearing Forum (WHF), a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing care worldwide. WHF is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

No one with hearing loss should be without information and assistance. WHF’s goals include (1) raising awareness about the need for healthy hearing, (2) educating people how to prevent hearing damage, and (3) advocating for universal access to affordable hearing treatments.

We are excited to partner with other leading hearing loss organizations around the world (see full list here) to support this important work.  

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To Hear for Life, Listen with Care

What is the World Hearing Forum?

Established in 2018, WHF’s goal is to galvanize action towards a world in which (1) no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and (2) those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through rehabilitation, education and empowerment.

The work focuses on four key areas:

1. Preventing Hearing Loss through Make Listening Safe

Over one billion people are at risk of hearing damage due to unsafe recreational listening practices. To combat these risks, WHO created the Make Listening Safe initiative in 2015 with three goals.

2. Raising Awareness on World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day is held on March 3rd annually to help raise awareness about the importance of healthy hearing. In 2022 the theme is “To hear for life, listen with care.” It includes four key messages.

  • It is possible to have good hearing across the life course with proper hearing care.
  • Many common causes of hearing loss are preventable, including exposure to loud sounds.
  • Safe listening reduces the risk of hearing loss from recreational sound exposure.​
  • Society must implement evidence-based standards to promote safe listening.

Many activities are planned globally each year to celebrate World Hearing Day. You can find 2022’s list here.

3. Implement the World Report on Hearing

The World Report on Hearing was developed in response to the World Health Assembly resolution (WHA70.13), adopted in 2017 to help member states integrate ear and hearing care into their national health plans. The report examined the prevalence of hearing loss globally and laid out cost-effective solutions to effectively prevent and treat hearing loss. Developed in collaboration with global experts and stakeholders in the field of hearing care, it reflects a range of cultural contexts and approaches to hearing care, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. 

4. Foster Role Models through the Champions Program

The Champions program promotes role models and champions in the field of hearing care. The group shares stories of changemakers of all ages that demonstrate how tenacity and advocacy can help people with hearing loss overcome barriers. WHF is looking for stories that encompass a wide range of communication modalities and geographical locations to share on the group’s Changemakers Facebook group and through other WHF print and social media. Submit your story at whfchangemakers@gmail.com

How You Can You Help

Hearing loss is not easy to understand if you have not experienced it yourself. All of us can help support WHF’s important work by sharing their marketing materials, tips for safe listening and brochures with your friends, family and colleagues. Living with Hearing Loss looks forward to sharing WHF’s important work with all of you. 

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4 thoughts on “Living With Hearing Loss Joins the World Hearing Forum

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of Living with Hearing Loss, a popular blog and online community for people with hearing loss, and an executive producer of "We Hear You," an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Her book, "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss," (co-authored with Gael Hannan) is the ultimate survival guide to living well with hearing loss. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Mary! Right back at you!

  1. Susan Gabriel – mountains of Western North Carolina – Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed southern author who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her novels, The Secret Sense of Wildflower (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012), Temple Secrets, Trueluck Summer are Amazon and Nook #1 bestsellers.
    Susan says:

    Congratulations, Shari!! That’s quite an honor.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of Living with Hearing Loss, a popular blog and online community for people with hearing loss, and an executive producer of "We Hear You," an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Her book, "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss," (co-authored with Gael Hannan) is the ultimate survival guide to living well with hearing loss. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you Susan. WHF does great work!

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