Otitis media, also known as glue ear, is an acute or chronic middle ear infection that, if left untreated, can result in permanent hearing loss. Children from six to eighteen months may experience otitis media, with the infection common up until the age of four.
Katungul, in association with the Greater Southern Area Health Service (GSAHS), has developed a program to combat otitis media through prevention, early detection and treatment. Screening for Otitis Media is held in schools from Ulladulla to Eden three times a year. The program also provides education for families and teachers.
This program has led to the establishment of the Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) outreach clinic at Goulburn, which is regularly attended by an ENT specialist from Westmead Children’s Hospital. Children with chronic otitis media are immediately transferred to the ENT clinic for further treatment.
In-depth hearing tests conducted by The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind are also available.