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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 60 Spring 2015
4 'Closing the gap' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children - by improving ear and hearing health Giovanna Castellani Acting Program Manager Deadly Ears Program Children's Health Queensland Ear and hearing health plays an extremely important role in children's early development because speech, language, learning and social skills are dependent on children being able to hear. Hearing problems often arise from middle ear disease (otitis media), which is a common childhood infection. Middle ear disease is caused by a bacterial or viral infection behind the eardrum in the tube that runs between the nose and ear. The disease affects most children at some point during early childhood, and in most cases the condition resolves itself quickly and spontaneously with limited or no medical intervention. The condition becomes a major health problem when children experience it frequently and persistently, and it is accompanied by fluctuating hearing loss. This form of the disease is more often experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are at higher risk of acquiring the disease at a younger age.
Reflections Issue 59 Winter 2015
Reflections Issue 61, 2015