The PLUM and HATS tools have been designed specifically to help detect hearing and speech problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Aboriginal children aged between 0 and 18 are five times more likely to be diagnosed with severe middle ear disease than non-Indigenous Australian children. Detecting and treating the problem early is very likely to improve the child’s future.
For many children, undetected hearing loss leads to delays in listening and communication skills. Parents and children can be frustrated, unable to communicate effectively in everyday life.