The International Hearing Society (IHS) will celebrate World Hearing Day (WHD) on Friday, March 1, 2024, to raise awareness of hearing healthcare and address the stigma attached to hearing loss and hearing aids. 

To commemorate the day, IHS is hosting an open house at its newly opened headquarters in Farmington, Michigan, on Friday, March 1, to spread awareness about hearing care and the profession of hearing aid specialists.

“International Hearing Society is honored to partner with the World Hearing Forum (WHF) to celebrate World Hearing Day and work to, ‘Change Mindsets…let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all,’ the theme of WHD 2024,” says IHS Executive Director Alissa Parady.

In response to supporting hearing loss care around the world, IHS will spotlight its members, licensed Hearing Aid Specialists, and allied hearing health providers as an exceptional pathway for individuals to discover their hearing baseline and determine the best way forward for enhanced hearing. IHS’ celebration of World Hearing Day, which is officially held on March 3,  is designed to help connect the public to licensed hearing healthcare professionals who can provide hearing solutions.

“We also will celebrate WHD with an online campaign that shares what IHS members are doing to break the stigma of hearing aids,” says Parady. “This WHD initiative aligns closely with IHS’ consumer awareness campaign that launched one year ago, ‘Stay Connected With Life.’”

IHS President Patrick Kochanowski, BS, ACA, BC-HIS, added, “IHS members are making a difference around the world in sharing the gift of hearing healthcare with individuals in more than 18 countries. We are proud to stand with the World Health Organization and World Hearing Forum in combatting the stigmas that hold back many from seeking accessible solutions to hearing issues.”

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