"World Hearing Day"  is held on March 3rd each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss. This year's theme is "Hearing care for all." For many, our hearing is fine but no one is really listening.

Are you listening?

Here's a good example: Traci wanted to tell me a story and she said that "she really needed me to listen." So as she began to tell me about how we got the saying "It's raining cats and dogs," I found myself talking to myself.

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I was saying to myself to "Listen closely, listen closely" and then I realized I was hearing her but I wasn't comprehending what she was saying. She finished with her story and asked me what I thought. Uh-oh.

I said that "I loved the thing about the thing with the wizard." Traci said "What wizard?" I was listening but I definitely didn't hear her. That's kind of what is happening today with our political and personal differences. Everyone is talking but few are listening. We need to do better but no one really wants to.

Did you know this about hearing loss?

Almost 2.5 million people throughout the world will be living with some degree of hearing loss by 2050? That's about 1 in 4 people. Go hear (yes, I know I spelled it wrong) to find out how you can help prevent hearing loss and more on "World Hearing Day."

By the way, if you are interested in how we got the saying "It's raining cats and dogs" along with other sayings like "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater," check out the gallery below

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” and Other Sayings Explained