A bird’s chirping, a melody on a piano, and the voices of one’s beloved ones. All of this goes missing from a person’s life when they lose their ability to hear. The trauma associated with loss of sense of hearing is often under-acknowledged. To increase awareness about the challenges faced by the deaf community, a world hearing day is celebrated every year. In this discussion, we are going to focus on how world hearing day is celebrated everywhere. Not only that, but we also highlight the message that defines the spirit of world hearing day as well. This is a discussion that you need to read from A-Z if you want to become a part of world hearing day’s celebrations!
The Lesser Known Facts about Hearing Loss
Before we discuss the objectives and the themes of the world hearing day, it is worth mentioning a few facts that highlight the gravity of the issue that loss of hearing is. According to WHO, there are more than 430 million people in the world who require rehabilitation of some sort to address their hearing loss. Among the leading causes of hearing loss, chronic ear infections top the charts. Noise pollution is another reason that can affect the hearing ability of many people. It is believed that every third person in the 65+age group suffers from disabling hair loss of varying extent.
A Bit about the World Hearing Report
The World Report on Hearing[i] was developed in response to a World Health Assembly resolution adopted in the year 2017. The main reason behind the establishment of this report was to ensure that the data on hearing loss doesn’t become subject to obscurity. Instead, the epidemiological and financial aspects of hearing loss must be highlighted in capital letters. The report also presents cost-effective solutions that serve as a ray of hope for people who suffer from hearing disabilities.
World Hearing Day
To raise awareness about the importance of early identification and intervention in hearing problems, the world health organization i.e. WHO celebrates the world hearing day every year. It is celebrated on the 3rd of March every year to prevent deafness and promote hearing care globally. The WHO takes the responsibility for organizing this event on a global basis. Infographics, presentations, seminars, events at both local and global levels are organized for highlighting the challenges faced by the deaf community. The objective of world hearing day is to ameliorate the lifestyle of the deaf community in the world, irrespective of their caste, colour, creed, or religion. It is via celebrating such events that we can signify the importance of this issue.
World Hearing Day Themes
Every year, a particular concept or challenge is adopted as the theme of the world hearing day. This is a useful little strategy to highlight many minor and major issues faced by the deaf community. The theme is selected by the WHO, and relevant evidence-based infographics and presentations are prepared that serve to highlight the severity of the selected issue. The theme for world hearing day 2021 was Hearing Care for All. This theme served as a global call for action in the matter of hearing loss. It urges people to opt for timely interventions that can minimize the risk of complete hearing loss. Similarly, the theme for world hearing day 2020 was Hearing for Life. This theme reminds us that hearing is essential for proper communication at all stages of life.
How Can You Become A Part of Celebrations On World Hearing Day?
Let us switch the focus of this discussion towards what you can do to become a part of world hearing day. What are the key activities that you can participate in to celebrate world hearing day 2022? Well for starters, you could visit the deaf in a local hearing rehab near you. Also, participating in social media campaigns online and offline that make the challenges faced by the deaf more visible makes sense as well. However, the best way to celebrate world hearing day would be to help someone hear the voices of the world again! You are wondering how you can do that. Look around for patients who cannot afford expensive auditory treatments like cochlear implants. Look for an NGO that funds or helps the underprivileged have these treatments. If you don’t want to spend hours on the internet searching for such an organization, we can help you there as well. How about you donate to Transparent Hands on world hearing day?
Let’s familiarize you with this organization!
Fund A Cochlear Implant At Transparent Hands!
Transparent Hands is the platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely. Cochlear implants are common at Transparent Hands and because of this organization, many deaf individuals can finally hear the noise of this busy world, once more! If you feel like donating to a healthcare NGO that provides financial assistance to underprivileged deaf patients, look no further than Transparent Hands!
It is believed that out of every 1000 Pakistani, 7-8 are not blessed with the ability to listen. The percentage of deaf individuals in the population is increasing with every year passing. To avoid a scenario where there are utter hopelessness and despair, something needs to be done on a radical basis. Cochlear implant surgeries are one way to fight deafness, but they are too expensive. Funding a deserving patient’s cochlear implant seems to be the best way to celebrate world hearing day, right?
That would be all from this discussion. The topic is such a diverse one that we wish we could go on a bit more and discuss a few more subtopics in detail. Unfortunately, the limitations of time and space force us to wrap up this debate here. Nevertheless, we are optimistic that you learned something if not everything new from this brief about world hearing day. It is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this discussion.