Last week, Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, and Lise Hamlin, HLAA Director of Public Policy, attended the World Hearing Forum, held by the World Health Organization, in Geneva.
Approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss; of these, 34 million are children. In addition, 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings and through personal audio devices. It is expected that these numbers will rise considerably in the coming decades, unless action is taken to prevent and treat hearing loss.
The World Hearing Forum (2018-2025) will fill a critical gap by bringing a collective vision to advocacy and collaboration in this field. Through networking and by sharing knowledge, skills and experiences from the field, the World Hearing Forum will galvanize action towards a world in which no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through early identification and appropriate management of their condition.
Can you spot Barbara and Lise in this photo?
Learn more about the event here: https://www.who.int/activities/promoting-world-hearing-forum