Hearing Awareness

World Hearing Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. It has been organized since 2007 and was first introduced in Beijing, China.

Since 2013, EFHOH in co-operation with EHIMA and AEA has annually organized a Lunch Debate in the European Parliament especially aimed at MEPs and national policymakers in Europe. The event has been hosted by MEPs such as Helga Stevens, Ádám Kósa, and Roberta Metsola.

Watch a clip of EFHOH board member and featured speaker, Darja Pajk, at the 2019 Lunch Debate below:


From time to time at the annual EFHOH AGM, the board and our members call on EU policymakers and the Member States to take action. In 2013, the Prague Declaration called upon the EU Member States to support access needs and general inclusion in society for hard of hearing citizens. In 2015, EFHOH members signed the Essen Declaration stating Access to Hearing Aids is Access to Opportunity. The recent London Declaration 2017 asks the European Commission and the European Parliament to put hearing loss on the political agenda and to incorporate hearing loss in population surveys in Europe.

You can find all the declarations in Resources.