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First World Hearing Day celebrated in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 3/03/2020

The sense of hearing is an important issue and the WHO has declared March 3rd World Hearing Day to mark the special work carried out by health officials in this area, and this year for the first time, the Ministry of Health is also joining this global celebration marking World Hearing Day with a special program this morning.

The Health Director – Dr. Siale ‘Akauola says the ears are some of the most important body parts and it was important to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing problems.

Dr. ‘Akauola says the main cause of loss of hearing is from damage that could be prevented, such as wearing protective gear when in a workplace with loud noises and making sure earphones are not playing music too loud in your ears.

The health director says they are working on ways to raise awareness on this issue and in the meantime urged the public to help ensure they are taking proper care of their ears by ensuring they are wearing protective gear when working with loud machines and also warn others around if you’re about to make a lot of noise, and also to minimise the volume when listening to something with earphones.

This afternoon Dr. ‘Amone Vaka’uta, Dr. Lei Saafi and a team from Australia carried out free checkups at Digicel Square.

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