Hearing Awareness

World Hearing Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event held on 3 March. According to WHO the day aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. It has been organized since 2007 and was introduced in Beijing, China. Each year the day has a slightly different theme.

EFHOH in co-operation with EHIMA and AEA has annually organized an event especially aimed at MEPs and national policymakers in Europe.

In 2017, a Lunch Debate in the European Parliament was hosted by MEPs Helga Stevens and Roberta Metsola. A similar event was held in 2016 with support from MEPs Ádám Kósa and Helga Stevens.

The event has been held since 2013.

Action for Hearing Loss-AEA Report 2017


From time to time, the EFHOH AGM 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 declarations in Resources