World Hearing Day

Hearing Care is an Important, Yet Often Overlooked, Part of Overall Health

As a member of the World Hearing Forum of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is proud to support World Hearing Day on March 3, 2023.

Bipartisan Congressional resolution marks World Hearing Day, supported by HLAA and other organizations.


Did You Know…?

  • Globally, 5 billion people (20% of the population) have some degree of hearing loss
  • Hearing loss affects 48 million in the United States, or 1 in 7 Americans
  • Many people with hearing loss are never tested or treated

Make Hearing Care a Priority!

  • Protect your hearing in noisy environments
  • Check your hearing regularly
  • Treat a hearing loss as soon as possible

Celebrate World Hearing Day

All the World’s a Stage

“Hearing health is finally on the world stage as a primary health concern that affects our quality of life and overall health,” says Barbara Kelley, executive director of HLAA. “Yet, here in the U.S., hearing health still is often overlooked in primary care screenings.”

Read her blog

HLAA and ASHA Join Forces

HLAA is once again collaborating with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to spread the word about the importance of ear and hearing healthcare for people of all ages.

see our press release

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OTC Hearing Aids

Last year, the FDA cleared the way for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids to be available for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss, without a prescription. Before you buy, be sure to consult our tip sheet, shopping list, and more.

Access OTC resources

OTC Hype vs. Reality