What is ear disease?

 

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What is ear disease?

What is ear disease?

  • Ears are connected to the back of the nose by a tube
  • If your nose has a cold, your ears can get sick too
  • Sometimes kids ears get blocked by mucus from a nose cold
  • If ears are blocked, air can’t get in and fluid cant drain out of the ear
  • Left untreated the eardrum can burst and leave a hole
  • Ear infections can lead to ear disease and ear disease can cause loss of hearing forever.
  • Symptoms: signs of a cold (coughing, sore throat, runny nose), pain in the ear, runny fluid or pus coming out of the ear, kids pulling on their ears, fever, can’t hear properly, not eating, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Kids can heave ear disease with none of these symptoms! Best to get an ear check at each visit to the clinic.

Healthy Ears means:

  • Strong start in life
  • Healthy ears = strong hearing
  • Strong hearing from birth means kids can develop properly
  • Kids get an ear infection soon after birth, ear infection leads to ear disease which leads to hearing loss
  • With healthy ears kids can learn language and talking, listen to family stories, talk with family and friends, be good at school, feel good about themselves, get a job later in life
  • Loss of hearing is hard for kids and parents – babies and kids might not hear their name when called, kids might be in danger if they can’t hear the cars on the road, kid might have difficulty learning language and talking
  • Kids might feel like no one understands them

For researchers

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For health practitioners

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For families and communities

Many Indigenous children, and almost all Indigenous children living in remote communities...