WHO Adopts Hearing Loss Prevention Plan For the first time in 20 years, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—unanimously approved and adopted a resolution and action plan on hearing loss prevention. The resolution, approved and adopted at the 70th WHA in May, invites the WHO to prepare its first ... News in Brief
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WHO Adopts Hearing Loss Prevention Plan
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WHO Adopts Hearing Loss Prevention Plan
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.22082017.14
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.22082017.14
For the first time in 20 years, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—unanimously approved and adopted a resolution and action plan on hearing loss prevention.
The resolution, approved and adopted at the 70th WHA in May, invites the WHO to prepare its first world report on ear and hearing care, develop a toolkit for member states, and support the development of safe-listening standards. A progress report on implementation is expected in two years.
WHO estimates that 360 million people worldwide—32 million of them children—live with a disabling hearing loss. It notes that 30 percent of the population age 65 and older has hearing loss; 90 percent of the worldwide population with hearing loss lives in low- and middle-income countries; and that more than 1.1 billion 12- to 35-year-olds are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
The resolution calls for member states to:
  • Integrate strategies for ear and hearing care in their primary health care systems.

  • Collect data on ear diseases and hearing loss.

  • Establish training programs for ear and hearing care professionals.

  • Ensure vaccination against rubella, measles, mumps and meningitis.

  • Develop and implement early identification programs for ear diseases and hearing loss in at-risk populations.

  • Improve access to affordable and quality assistive hearing technologies and products.

  • Develop and implement noise control regulations in work settings.

  • Promote alternative methods of communication.

The resolution also requests that the WHA director-general prepare a report on ear and hearing care, develop a toolkit and support for member states carrying out the report recommendations, intensify collaboration with stakeholders, and advocate through the annual World Hearing Day on March 3.
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