OM is common in early childhood. Repeated infections cause poor hearing during the critical years of auditory language development. Long-term, chronic ear disease can cause permanent damage to middle ear structures. OM is easily treated once diagnosed. However, if missed, the result can severely impact a child’s ability to thrive in education.
The flow on effects can be devastating. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience some of the highest rates of Otitis Media (OM) in the world.