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Indigenous ear health the "missing piece of the disadvantage puzzle"

Date posted: 31st of January 2018

Imagine being overlooked or dismissed as disruptive in class when you actually just can't hear what the teacher is saying. This scenario is more common than you might think. In many Indigenous communities, middle ear infections are rife, leading to hearing problems and a life of disadvantage.

Dr Kelvin Kong is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon and Associate Professor at The University of Newcastle and Professor Amanda Leach is the Leader of the Ear Health Research Program at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. They join Life Matters to discuss the need for a national strategy to improve Indigenous ear health.

Click to listen here.

Wednesday 24 January 2018 9:06AM

Producer: Erica Vowles

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