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World Hearing Day 2024: Invisible disabilities.

MedExpress Team

Published March 1, 2024 09:20

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On March 3, the international community unites to celebrate World Hearing Day, an international initiative under the aegis of the World Health Organization to raise awareness about the importance of hearing protection, prevention and support for people with hearing loss. This year's slogan, "Changing mindsets: let's make ear and hearing care a reality for everyone!" calls for global solidarity and action to improve the hearing health of people around the world.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stresses that hearing loss, often referred to as an "invisible disability," needs to break down public misperceptions and stigma to enable more effective prevention and treatment efforts.

Among the inspiring stories highlighted this year by the World Hearing Forum at the WHO was the story of Joanna Bialasz - a remarkable 17-year-old girl whose life is a testament to the fact that with the right support, determination and access to modern technology, barriers associated with hearing loss can be overcome. "Don't give up when you face obstacles, dream and achieve your dreams," is the motto of her story posted on World Hearing Forum (

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