The ABC’s of listening and learning: a study in the Northern Territory

  • Sharma, Mridula (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Wigglesworth, Gillian (Chief Investigator)
  • Demuth, Katherine (Chief Investigator)
  • Bainbridge, Denyse (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Indigenous Australian children experience middle ear disorders earlier in life and for longer periods than their non-Indigenous counterparts. The resulting listening challenges can have implications for academic achievement and future health and well-being, despite normal hearing thresholds. The current project aims to determine the effects of pervasive otitis media and related hearing loss on Indigenous children’s listening and pre-literacy skills in Northern Territory, and how to better identify those at most risk for poor educational outcomes. The findings will lead to policy recommendations to help improve these children’s learning potential.
Effective start/end date7/06/216/06/23