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Healthy ear information

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The Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) project aims to improve access to ENT services across the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS).

This page contains resources for use in all facilities that will guide referral processes and facilitate hearing and ear health management.  

These documents are particularly useful for child and maternal health workers from Queensland Health (Cairns and Hinterland, Torres and Cape, Deadly Ears), Royal Flying Doctor Service, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and other non-government organisations.


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Hardcopies of these resources are available by contacting the ENT team

Referral criteria

Medical Officers

Complete Ear Health assessment form (PDF 186 kB) and refer directly to ENT team

For urgent or unsafe ear conditions such as the following:

  • Cholesteatoma
  • Ongoing pain
  • Significant retraction
  • Unusual presentation
  • Physical / Structural abnormalities (cleft palate, craniofacial abnormalities)

For ear and hearing problems >3 months, such as the following:

  • Recurrent AOM
    • 3 episodes in last 6 months; or
    • 4 episodes in 12 months
  • CSOM
    • more than 3 months
    • despite compliance with topical antibiotics
    • with hearing loss >45dB (better ear)
  • Dry perforation
    • more than 3 months
    • with hearing loss >25dB
  • Persistent OME
    • bilateral for more than 3 months
    • with hearing loss >25dB
  • Clearance for hearing aid fitting

Any health professional

Refer to Audiology and/or Speech Pathology for any of the following:

  • Speech and language delay
  • Family / school concerns
  • Any ear condition (OME, CSOM, dry perforation) greater than 3 months

ENT Project team contact information

Administration | phone: (07) 4082 3693

Clinical Nurse Consultant / Coordinator | phone: (07) 4082 3646

Last updated: 18 December 2019