World Hearing Day – 3rd March
Today WHO draws attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.
As part of its campaign, WHO today has ;new free app called hearWHO which allows people to check their hearing. It will give the general public access to a hearing screener to check their hearing status and monitor it over time. The easy to use app clearly displays the users’ results and keeps a personalized track record of their hearing status over time.
The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, is especially recommended for those who commonly listen to loud music over personal audio devices. It can also be used by health workers to screen people in the community for hearing loss and refer them for diagnostic testing if they fail the screening.