To mark World Hearing Day on the March 3, 2022, a virtual lunch debate is being held at the European Parliament, according to an announcement on the website. The theme of the talk is “To hear for life, listen with care,” and will take place on Thursday, March 3 from 12:30 to 2:30 (CET).

The debate will be hosted by MEP Alex Agius Saliba (Malta, S&D).

Agenda for the Lunch Debate:

  • Welcome & introduction by MEP Alex Agius Saliba (Malta, S&D)
  • “To hear for life, listen with care” by Shelly Chadha, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The WHO Global Standard for Safe Listening Entertainment Venues by Mark Laureyns, AEA
  • Why hard-of-hearing people care for safe listening by Lidia Best, EFHOH
  • Young Ambassadors going to schools by Laia Zamora – EURO-CIU
  • The importance of adult hearing screening by Patrick D’Haese, Hear-it.
  • The importance of access to ear and hearing care in Europe by Satish Mishra – WHO-Europe
  • Debate
  • Conclusion by MEP Alex Agius Saliba

The debate will be held in English, during which there will be a simultaneous speech-to-text service in English.

Information and registration

For more information on the virtual lunch debate at the European Parliament, please visit:

If you want to follow the lunch debate, you can register for free here. is a non-commercial web site and has been established to increase public awareness of hearing loss. is “one of the world’s leading and most comprehensive websites on hearing, hearing loss, and tinnitus and how to treat and live with hearing loss or tinnitus.”