International Ear Care Day is a global initiative by World Health Organization(WHO) established in 2007 during the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing. The initiative aims to promote the global actions on hearing care and minimizing occurrence of hearing impairment.
The date for the International Ear Care Day (3 March) was selected due to the shape of the numbers 3.3, being representative of the two ears.
The theme for 2015 is ‘Make Listening Safe’. This theme serves to draw attention towards the growing risk of hearing loss posed by unsafe listening practices in recreational settings, such as use of personal audio devices, at nightclubs, discos, pubs, bars, cinemas, concerts, live sporting events and even fitness classes. The theme will also serve to draw attention towards the overall issue of better ear and hearing care to prevent hearing loss, especially amongst adolescents and young.
Operation Ear Drop Kenya will celebrate the IECD on Saturday 7th March 2015 at Uhuru Park in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Nairobi City County, National Environmental Management Authority, Kenyatta National Hospital and Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations.
The activities of the day will include:
- Free ear screening and consultation
- Issue information materials on ear care
- Conduct Ear care and hearing health talks
- Social media campaign on ear care
- Campaign on noise-induced hearing loss among public service vehicle owners and drivers