The first ever WHO World Report on Hearing was launched in 2021. The report recommends that WHO Member States take urgent and evidence-based policy action to prevent, identify and rehabilitate hearing loss.
To render technical support to the Member States in implementing the recommendation of the world report, WHO has developed the HEARING Screening: Considerations for Implementation. This handbook provides technical guidance required for establishing evidence-based programs for hearing screening facilitating early identification and interventions to address hearing loss and related ear diseases in target groups.
The purpose of the handbook, according to WHO, is to provide guidance on how to undertake:
- Hearing screening in newborns and infants,
- School-based ear and hearing screening ,
- Hearing screening in older people.
The launch of the HEARING Screening: Considerations for Implementation will be accompanied by series of webinars focusing on individual target groups and a call for action, welcoming proposals from state actors including partners and stakeholders for holistic and sustainable implementation of hearing screening their countries’ target population.