A new ear health program by Hearing Australia is aimed at addressing and reducing the long-term effects of ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The Hearing Assessment Program – Early Ears, or HAPEE for short, is a campaign seeking to raise awareness and provides free community-based hearing assessments.

Around one in three Indigenous children experience chronic ear disease and around 25 per cent of children that have taken part in the program have had middle ear infections.

Actor and Playschool presenter, Luke Carrol is one of the ambassadors for the new campaign and says healthy hearing is important for a child’s learning and speech development.

The program has been backed by a $27.8 million investment from the Federal Government.

IMAGE: Luke Carrol with his son Enzo