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1 in 4 projected to have hearing problems by 2050

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that as many as 2.5 billion people worldwide – or 1 in 4 – could be living with some level of hearing loss by 2050.

And at least 700 million of these people will require access to hearing and ear care, unless action is taken.

The findings were published in the first ever World Hearing Report prepared by WHO and launched to coincide with World Hearing Day which takes place on Wednesday 3rd March.

It underlines the need to rapidly step up efforts to prevent and address hearing loss by investing and expanding access to ear and hearing care services.

To read the full report and its findings, visit

The report will be launched with a virtual event taking place at 1pm CET on Wednesday 3rd March. Click here to join in.

World Hearing Day takes place on Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

The theme of this year’s event, run by the World Health Organisation, is ‘Hearing Care for All – Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate’.

There are lots of activities taking place across the globe to raise awareness of hearing. To find out more about World Hearing Day visit >>

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