Hearing the future: Congress recognizes World Hearing Day 2018

March 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 2

The AAO-HNS has joined others in the hearing health community to support a Congressional Resolution introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV), co-chairs of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. The Resolution designates March 3, 2018, as World Hearing Day.

The World Health Organization founded World Hearing Day to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care throughout the world. World Hearing Day is observed annually on March 3.

Through the adoption of the Resolution, the U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the World Hearing Day 2018 theme “Hearing the Future,” underscoring the importance of hearing-loss prevention and noting the critical role hearing plays in communication, personal relationships, overall health outcomes, and psychological well-being. Furthermore, the Resolution highlights the significance of patient access to early detection and intervention, recognizing the role otolaryngologists serve on the hearing healthcare team.

The AAO-HNS thanks Representatives Thompson and McKinley for their continued leadership on this and other hearing health issues and their efforts to raise awareness of hearing-loss prevention in the United States.