Surgery for Treating Otitis Media in Australian Indigenous Children
Otitis Media is exceedingly prevalent in Australian Indigenous children, and causes a hearing loss that lasts throughout childhood and often into adult life. The hearing loss hinders learning and educational opportunities, and may have life-long impacts. The long term outcomes of the results of various treatments has been debated but never documented.
This surgical sub-study is a multi-centred, randomized trial to compare the outcomes of two surgical interventions on chronic Otitis Media in Indigenous children living in remote communities of Australia. This project seeks to inform evidence-based guidelines for the best surgical intervention for Indigenous children with OME living in rural and remote communities.
The outcome measures will be a reduction in the prevalence of OME/AOM, hearing impairment, aural discharge/perforation, and also the effect of treatment on nasal colonisation with pathogenic bacteria. Reducing the high burden of otitis media and hearing loss will improve the long-term educational and social prospects of young Australians growing up in remote communities.
Photo courtesy of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, photographer Leo Farrell
Professor Stephen O'Leary, Principle Investigator
Katie Davis, Clinical Trial Coordinator
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