Public Education and Advocacy
Educational programs can make a difference. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (UK) highlights a Norwegian study where within the space of 10 years, hearing loss among 18-year-olds increased from 15% to 35%. Within seven years of mounting a full-scale public information campaign, these levels dropped by more than half to 15%. Prasher,1999.
The Hearing Foundation of Canada is an advocate for raising awareness of hearing-related issues among governments, media and the public.
Our public education programs focus on: the need for early detection of hearing loss through provincial Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programmes and the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) through noisy toys awareness and our Sound Sense programme.