Ear disease

Hearing Loss Linked with Poor School Attendance in the NT

The early years of primary school are critically important for childhood development. Learning through play, experimentation, classroom practice and social interaction, children begin to make sense of their world and their place within it.

A team of researchers led by Menzies School of Health Research have found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory are missing out on the important early years of schooling due to hearing loss.

Youth Hearing and Justice

Ear disease (otitis media) is a common childhood disease and is the leading cause of preventable hearing loss in children. For Aboriginal children living in remote communities, it is a public health crisis. The prevalence of ear disease among Aboriginal children living in remote communities in the Northern Territory is among the highest in the world - 90% of children have a history of otitis media. 

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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...