Optimising the early detection of ear disease and hearing impairment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 8-years
Dr Jacqueline Stephens
Understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development
Community Based Study
All children should be able to hear well. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience some of the highest levels of ear disease and hearing impairment in the world which can lead to lifelong consequences. In South Australia, children under 8-years undergo hearing assessments coordinated by a statewide program lead by Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. We propose a modification to current assessment protocols by replacing time consuming and technical audiometry with simpler and quicker otoacoustic emission testing in a bid to increase testing rates and increase the early detection and expedited care for these children.