1.15 Ear health

This measure includes indicators of hearing health, including prevalence and hospitalisation rates for diseases of the ear and mastoid process, and rates of ear and hearing problems managed at consultations with general practitioners.

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Why is it important?

Hearing loss, especially in childhood, can result in poorer educational achievements, and have lifelong consequences (Williams & Jacobs 2009).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • Child Health Check Initiative dental data
  • Deadly Ears Program data
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
  • National Health Survey
  • Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney BEACH data
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory dental data

References

  • Williams CJ & Jacobs AM 2009. The impact of otitis media on cognitive and educational outcomes. Medical Journal of Australia 191:S69.