Highest Rate of Middle Ear Disease in Indigenous Kids

Middle ear disease is a condition that most children will experience at some point and usually resolves itself without the need for medical intervention. 

However, when experienced repeatedly or in cases that lead to hearing loss it can lead to long-term developmental and learning problems, and it just so happens that Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander children experience one of the highest rates of middle ear disease in the world. 

A Macquarie University research team has been given a government grant to study how to improve care for treating middle ear disease in Indigenous children. 

Sean Britten spoke to Professor Cath McMahon  from the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University who is leading the study.

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