The importance of hearing
The importance of hearing is front and centre at Mudgee Public School. We are very fortunate to have received a number of visitors who specialise in the field.
Students were visited by the Hearing Bus and NSW Department of Education hearing and support teachers Rachel Mills and Donna Rees who have shared the correct techniques to prevent hearing loss, as well as working with the staff at Mudgee Public School on how to spot hearing loss and conditions such as Otitis Media, also known as Glue Ear or Conductive Hearing Loss. This is described as feeling like hearing while wearing a pair of earmuffs and the problem can be misdiagnosed as a behaviour issue. Causes can include:
- cold and flu
- not washing hands properly
- poor nutrition
- passive smoking
- smoke from wood fires
It is most common in late Autumn, Winter and early Spring, and in children aged 1 to 8 years. At Mudgee Public School we have installed sound equipment in all Kindergarten room and most classrooms in Year 1 and 2 to help ensure that students have got their ears on.