Bulging ear drums and hearing loss: Aboriginal kids have the highest otitis media rates in the world

  Aboriginal children have the highest rates of otitis media, a middle ear infection that causes hearing loss, than any other people in the world. The main forms of the disease include acute otitis media, also known as a bulging eardrum; otitis media with effusion, commonly known as glue ear; and chronic suppurative otitis media, known as runny ear, which describes the pus discharged when a bulging eardrum bursts. In 1996 – the most recent year comparative global data is available – the World Health Organisation reported that the prevalence chronic otitis media was highest in the Inuit (Eskimo) and…
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