For teachers and early childhood workers

Ear disease in early childhood

Children with hearing loss can have trouble understanding what’s happening in the classroom. This is tiring and distracting, and makes it hard to learn and concentrate.

It is possible to prevent ear disease to ensure children have the best possible experience at school.

How you can help

Educating children and parents is a huge part of preventing ear disease. Teachers, teachers’ aides and early childhood workers can help teach the kids they work with, and their parents, about ear disease.

The Care for Kids’ Ears resources are available to help you do this in a way that is engaging and easy to understand.

The story of Kathy and Ernie explains:

  • how to keep ears healthy
  • how to recognise ear disease
  • what to do if children have a sore ear
  • the importance of having regular ear checks.


Recognising the signs

To prevent hearing loss, it’s also important for people who work with children to recognise the symptoms of ear disease.

If you think a child in your care might have an ear infection or hearing loss, talk to their parent or carer. Encourage them to get their child’s ears checked by a health worker, nurse or doctor.

You can also invite your local health worker, nurse or doctor to your class to talk about ear health.