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World Hearing Day: 3 March

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, the Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness of the World Health Organization (WHO) decides the theme and develops a brochure on the topic based on the best available evidence as well as advocacy materials. At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual World Hearing Day seminar.

The theme of the campaign for 2019 is “Check your hearing”, as data from both developed and developing countries indicate that a significant part of the burden associated with hearing loss comes from unaddressed hearing difficulties. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.

The key messages that the World Health Organization wishes to express are:

  • All people should check their hearing from time to time, especially those who are at a higher risk of hearing loss such as adults above 50 years, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time and those experiencing ear problems.
  • Services for early identification and intervention should be made available through the health system.

On 3 March 2019, WHO will launch a free app that allows people to check their hearing. The HearWHO app will be used to:

  • Raise awareness about the importance of hearing
  • Encourage people to check their hearing regularly and practice safe listening
  • Allow health workers to check the hearing status of people in their communities
  • Determine the need of an individual for having a formal hearing test

Excerpts from: World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/deafness/world-hearing-day/en/
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Love Your Hearing Aids

ou love your life

  • The more enthusiastic about life you are, the more unlikely you are to let hearing loss stand in your way – you live your life fully and with gusto. Research shows people who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in their lives.

You’re a doer

  • Research shows that people who wear their hearing aids are more likely to undertake problems head-on.

Your connections are important

  • Rapport depends mainly on good communication. Treating your hearing loss lets your loved ones know that you want to stay connected and engaged in your relationships – you likely have a strong social network.

You love being active

  • Wearing your hearing aids means that you are intent on staying in step with a fulfilling, healthy, active lifestyle.

You know how to use modern technology to optimize your life

  • Modern hearing aids are a leader in personal consumer electronics. Your investment in state-of-the-art hearing aids proves that you are ready to glean the rewards that modern technology has to offer. Hearing aids come in a wide variety of styles and configurations – some that are not obvious to bystanders and others that are more visible but are stylish and integrate a varied range of shapes and colours along with custom molds.

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians. It can be sudden or gradual, and it is quite common for someone to not realize they are developing hearing loss. On average, it takes 7 years to acknowledge and act on hearing loss.  There are many causes, ranging from excess noise, illness, genetic factors and ototoxic drugs.  Hearing loss affects all ages. 

Signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
  • Hearing people talk, but not understanding their words
  • Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
  • Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
  • Trouble understanding the voices of women and children
  • Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away
  • Research shows that those living with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.

If you experience any of these signs, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor or hearing health professional. Recent research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged, the more challenging it will be to learn to cope with the changes.  When we start using our hearing aids, we can re-train our brain, and rebuild and strengthen the connections that we used to hear.

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Calgary Police Service Vulnerable Persons Registry

The Calgary Police Service has created a database where people can register if they have a physical, mental, or medical condition that means they may require special attention in an emergency.  Now we need you to do your part. If you are a vulnerable person or care for a vulnerable person, then we need you to give us your information. Your privacy will be protected and the information you provide will only be used by the police, fire, and EMS to help you or your loved one when you are in danger.

You can register by visiting www.calgarypolice.ca and searching Vulnerable Persons. More information can also be found by emailing vulnerablepersons@calgarypolice.ca.