HLAA and ASHA Champion “Hearing Care for All” for World Hearing Day on March 3
The global health community recognize World Hearing Day on March 3. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) used this year’s international observance to spotlight the domestic toll that untreated hearing loss takes on adults in the United States—as well as the disparities in hearing health care in communities of color.
ASHA and HLAA have developed a series of informational pieces about hearing loss for World Hearing Day. The public can find them at https://www.asha.org/world-hearing-day/.
U.S. Congressional Representatives Mike Thompson and David McKinley, co-chairs of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, submitted a resolution in the House of Representatives supporting World Hearing Day on March 3, 2021. The resolution expresses support for the goals and ideals of World Hearing Day. On behalf of the 48 million Americans who live with hearing loss, we thank Rep. Thompson and Rep. McKinley for their support.
World Health Organization’s World Hearing Forum Releases “The World Report on Hearing” on March 3
The World Health Organization’s “World Report on Hearing (WRH)” has been developed in response to the World Health Assembly resolution (WHA70.13), adopted in 2017 as a means of providing guidance for Member States to integrate ear and hearing care into their national health plans. The WRH was developed in collaboration with experts and stakeholders in the field of ear and hearing care who informed the report’s strategic direction and ensured that it reflects a range of cultural contexts and approaches to hearing care. HLAA is a member of the World Hearing Forum.