Ear disease and hearing loss
Oxford University Press
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Public Health
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.