World Hearing Forum in Geneva

Last week,  the World Hearing Forum, held by the World Health Organization, in Geneva. Approximately...

The World Hearing Forum is a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing care worldwide. Members of this advocacy network will commit to facilitating implementation of World Health Assembly resolution WHA70.13 on "Prevention of deafness and hearing loss" and supporting Member States in this regard.

Approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss; of these, 34 million are children. In addition, 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings and through personal audio devices. It is expected that these numbers will rise considerably in the coming decades, unless action is taken to prevent and treat hearing loss.

The World Hearing Forum (2018-2025) will fill a critical gap by bringing a collective vision to advocacy and collaboration in this field. Through networking and by sharing knowledge, skills and experiences from the field, the World Hearing Forum will galvanize action towards a world in which no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through early identification and appropriate management of their condition.

What you need to know to join the Forum
Why join?

- To contribute to the global advocacy initiative. - For partnership with other members. - To interact with local, national, regional, and international organizations working towards a common goal at all levels. - Members will be listed on the Forum website and a certificate of membership will be provided.

Who can join?

Governmental and nongovernmental organizations; including disabled people's organizations/ user groups, charitable/service organizations, professional societies, parent groups, regional fora (with defined structure), private sector entities including international business associations, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions can apply for membership of the Forum.


Work actively in the field of ear and hearing care and committed to implementation of WHA resolution 70.13 have actions/activities in the public health domain of ear and hearing care have a proper governance structure and transparent funding and reporting systems engage actively in the work of the Forum, including participation in the annual Membership Assembly of the Forum have a good standing and reputation in the field Members should have international/regional/multi-national activities, wherever possible. Membership will be for a 2-year period and can be renewed.


All members must: - actively initiate and participate in the activities, discussions and deliberations of the Forum - participate in annual Forum meeting and working groups - promote the work, vision, goals and objectives of the Forum - share knowledge and information with other members of the Forum

Become a member
What happens after you apply?

Once the application is received by WHO, it will be examined for completeness by WHO and an e-mail of acknowledgement will be sent. The steering committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to WHO. WHO will make a final determination after conducting a due diligence, in line with policies of its 'Framework for engagement with Nonstate actors (FENSA)'. You can expect a response within six weeks of application. In case this is not received, you may request information by sending an email to

Engagement with non-State actors
Members of the World Hearing Forum

Access the list of members
Areas of work
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World Hearing Day

World Report on Hearing / Resolution


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