3 March 2018: World Hearing Day

Prevent hearing lossOn World Hearing Day 2018, WHO will draw attention towards the anticipated rise in the number of people with hearing loss across the world with the theme “Hear the future”.

The key messages for this event will highlight the:

  • Expected rise in prevalence of hearing loss globally over the coming years (based on statistical projections);
  • Efforts that are required to stem the rise through appropriate preventive action;
  • Need to ensure that people with hearing loss have access to the required rehabilitation services and the communication tools and products they require.

Document in format PDF World Hearing Day Brochure English

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“Cochlear Implant: No Limits” slogan for 2018 International Cochlear Implant Day

Cochlear Implant Day 2018 EUROCIUSimone Botha, a cochlear implant user since she was 22 months old, is a professional dancer who was chosen to advertise a brand of gyms around the world. Several months ago, the gym advertising agency edited her cochlear implant, showing society still has a lot to learn about being inclusive and eliminate stigmas.

She posted the photo to her Facebook page and wrote to Virgin: “This is a billboard picture of me posing for Virgin Active and if you don’t know me personally then you won’t miss the tiny piece that is a cochlear implant that is supposed to sit on my head. They just went and without my permission decided to edit the cochlear implant out, because why!!??? It doesn’t fit with their pretty little picture of portraying the perfect life that is Virgin Active? Well guess what? Life isn’t perfect. No one is perfect.”

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Accessibility Act: European Parliament pass the draft “European Accessibility Act” with several improvements

The draft “European Accessibility Act” (EAA) sets out requirements to make a number of products and services more accessible. The list includes: ticketing and check-in machines, ATMs, PCs and operating systems, phones and TV equipment, consumer banking services, e-books, e-commerce, transport, including public urban transport such as underground, rail, tramway, trolleybus and bus, and the related services, such as payment terminals, e-book readers, websites and mobile device-based services offered by audio visual media and tourism services.

Read moreAccessibility Act: European Parliament pass the draft “European Accessibility Act” with several improvements

​Activity report on World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March

Activity report on World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March

On World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March, WHO drew attention to the economic impact of unaddressed hearing loss through the theme “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”. This week, WHO has released an activities report about it, where you can find EURO-CIU named as one of the collaborators, on page 23.

The theme for World Hearing Day 2018 is ‘Hear the Future’ which will discuss the projected rise in the prevalence of hearing loss in the coming years.

Read more​Activity report on World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March

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