Title

Ear disease and hearing loss

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

1439

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Thomson, N. J., & Burrow, S. K. (2003). Ear disease and hearing loss. In Thomson, Neil (Eds.). The health of indigenous Australians (pp. 247-272). Location: Oxford University Press. Original book available here.

Abstract

Ear disease and resultant hearing loss are significant public-health issues in developing countries and among many Indigenous populations in developed countries (Boswell et al. 1993; Couzos et al. 2003;Ward et a1. 1994). Exceptionally high rates of ear disease, particularly otitis media, have been reported (frequently) for Australian Aboriginal people, but there is little documentation of the ear health ofTorres Strait Islanders. Consequently, the following discussion is limited primarily to Aboriginal people, for whom otitis media and concomitant hearing loss are sources of significant morbidity and disability.