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Otitis Media (OM) Screening

What is Otitis Media?

Otitis media is the medical term for all forms of inflammation and infection of the middle ear. It is also referred as ‘middle ear infection’, ‘ear disease ‘or ‘glue ear’

It can be caused by a bacterial, viral or combined infection and it is the most common cause of hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience earlier, more frequent and more severe Otitis media than other kids in Australia.

How to connect with this service:

Aboriginal Health Staff will attend schools and preschools to perform Otitis Media screening and /or education. The screening will include otoscopy, tympanometry and audiogram. For further information and bookings please contact.

Aboriginal Health Unit

How will this Service help you?

If children cannot hear they cannot learn, so middle ear infections can affect their self-esteem, learning ability, speech, language development, sleep, behavior, relationships with family and friends and their grades at school.

Otitis Media is easily diagnosed through a simple screening process and a referral to other appropriate services is offered by our Health workers once screening is completed.

Last updated: 16 August 2023