WELCOME TO HEAR AND SAY

We know every child can reach their full potential.

We work with families and other medical professionals to achieve the best outcomes for deaf children through a combination of early diagnosis, the most advanced hearing technology and auditory-verbal therapy, where we teach children to listen and speak.

We work with children of all ages – from Early Intervention after newborn hearing screening, through to our school screening program Hear to Learn, and beyond. Our therapy model works with the needs of the whole child, including occupational therapy.

Thousands of children, young adults and families benefit from our programs and services each year, achieving great outcomes (100% of children in our Early Intervention Program moved into mainstream schools in 2017).

It takes up to six years to teach one profoundly deaf child to learn to listen and speak. This means we must rely on a mix of funding, including fundraising events and activities, and the generous support of our donors and partners so all young children have the opportunity to Hear, Say and Live.

The strength of Hear and Say lies in our community, and we would love for you to get involved in our work, and share in the wonderful stories of our children.

The Latest News

My grandson will be able to hear ...

Winten hearing all kinds of new sounds at his switch-on Trish is Winten’s Grandma and she has been a part of Winten’s Hear and Say journey from the very beginning. Trish comes to the Hear and Say centre in Brisbane with her grandson on a regular basis and for her, family is the most important thing in the world. “I’m fortunate to be able to spend every second Tuesday with Winten. I picked Tuesday because that’s the day he goes to Hear and Say and I love it! We have such a great time and as a grandmother, there is no greater pleasure than seeing my grandson happy.” “We are ...

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My Christmas wish for Winten came ...

Susannah McKelvey, one of Hear and Say’s Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, has been working with Winten and his family since they first came to Hear and Say in 2017, “In my eyes, the best outcome would be for Hear and Say to be able to continue to support Winten and his family on their journey for as long as it takes to reach his full potential”. When I first met Winten, I knew how much he would benefit from being at Hear and Say, not just for him but for his whole family. Our therapy program encompasses the needs of the whole child, including occupational therapy and ...

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Ring-a-ling! Winten can you hear ...

  At 31 weeks pregnant, Tash was told her unborn baby was ‘growth restricted’ meaning he was not growing at a normal rate inside the womb. This posed a number of risks so she had an emergency c-section and her beautiful baby boy Winten was born weighing in at just 1.3kg. Winten spent the first 111 days of his life in hospital as among a number of health issues, his little lungs needed assistance with receiving oxygen. After four months in hospital, Winten’s parents were keen to get him home. Two days before they were to leave, Winten had the newborn hearing screening. ...

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Postie with a pun

Eli brings LOUD laughs to mail run It’s said that for comedians, the delivery is everything. That also rings true for 22-year-old Eli, who’s putting a very special stamp on the mail run service he offers from his home town just south of Cairns. Three mornings each week, Eli assists a dozen local businesses in the area – working with his carer to collect and deliver mail and run general errands. For this year’s Loud Shirt Day (19 October), Eli will be adding some extra colour to his services, ‘charging’ a small donation to Hear and Say in return for jokes. Eli was ...

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Whole of life support... from ...

Archer 13 months Diagnosed with hearing loss through Newborn Hearing Screening, Archer’s listening and spoken language therapy sessions are complemented with age appropriate playgroup. This not only helps Archer to process sound using his hearing aids but also provides an environment where he is surrounded by the other children just like him. Mum Alicia explains, “Archer loves the LEAP social skills program. He has friends that he sees all the time, gets lots of play time, and I learn a lot in those sessions, too. “He is such a little explorer and loves finding whatever his ...

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Hear to Learn reaps reward for ...

Hear to Learn school screening Collinsville State School The Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program is on track to reach 35,000 students by the end of the 2018 school year, since it first began in 2015. That’s an incredible 70,000 ears screened, thanks to the ongoing support of the schools, local communities, and corporate and philanthropic supporters. The program’s founding regional partner, Thiess, has worked with Hear and Say in 2018 to deliver school screening to 338 students from 10 Central Queensland schools including Collinsville, Scottsville, Dysart and Moranbah. ...

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Michael ‘aims higher’ as he ...

We love it when our alumni share their success stories which is why we were thrilled to hear from Michael who lives at Cecil Plains in the Darling Downs. Michael received cochlear implants at age four and was a regular at both the Toowoomba and Brisbane Centres for many years - including just recently when he attended our Comet social skills program at our Toowoomba Centre. Michael asked if we would share his story so that other children with hearing loss will know what is possible to achieve. Michael discovered the joy of running, and also found he was pretty good at it too. He was ...

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I love Telepractice

I love many aspects of my work at Hear and Say, however visits to regional and rural families, as a part of our dedicated Telepractice Program, is one of the highlights.  This is an opportunity for the team to travel to the homes of our families who live in more remote parts of Queensland, to find out how they are coping, meet other members of the family, their school or Kindy teacher and class mates, and have some fun in the comfort of their home. My trip this time covered more than 3000 kilometres including travelling from Toowoomba to Brisbane, flying to Longreach and then driving to ...

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Suncorp Stadium Golf Day ...

Suncorp Stadium are delighted to invite you to their annual Charity Golf day at the Pines, Sanctuary Cove Resort on Friday 26th October to raise much needed funds for Hear and Say. The event is returning to the magnificent Pines Golf Course, which always provides a fabulous experience, a great networking opportunity and promises to be bigger and better this year. Especially with the amazing hole in one prize of a brand new Lexus NX 300h Luxury courtesy of Lexus Brisbane. So far the event has raised over $325,000 for Hear and Say and aims to make a further $50,000 this year. We invite ...

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My baby turns Ten

It is amazing to think that this year will be the 10th Microtia and Atresia Conference. My ‘baby’ that first began with 40 attendees at our Gold Coast Centre in 2009, is now a fully-fledged 3-day annual conference at our Brisbane Centre attracting over 100 parents, health and education professionals and university students. For those who are not aware, my interest in microtia and atresia began with the birth of my now 14-year daughter Chelsea in 2004. Chelsea was born with microtia and atresia, and at the time, there was very little information about this condition, and what there was, ...

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Jillian's story

Hear and Say alumni, Jillian explains why she now has her weekends back I recently graduated from the University of Queensland with a Doctorate in sociology and international development. Achieving the PhD has been no easy feat, and I am certainly relieved to conclude this voyage and have my weekends back! I was born with moderate to severe hearing loss, which deteriorated to a profound loss during my early primary school years and rendered hearing aids ineffective. This prompted my parents to seek alternatives and fortunately, they found the Hear and Say Centre, of which we have ...

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Hudson's Story

“When I heard the news that Hudson had severe hearing loss, my heart stopped beating for a few seconds. Our world was shattered. I couldn’t breathe. I was suffocating. It was a very dark day that day.” – Jenny, Hudson’s mum At just four weeks old, Hudson was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in both of his ears. It was a dark day for Hudson’s parents who feared they would never be able to speak to their gorgeous little boy. “When Hudson was born, like any mother, I was so overwhelmed with my little boy, and naturally, I thought everything was ok.” “It was supposed to ...

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Hear to Learn screens over 300 ...

Hear and Say has delivered its second round of the Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program to primary schools in Central Queensland. Delivered in partnership with the program’s founding regional partner, Thiess, the screening program tested the hearing of more than 330 students across 10 schools in the Bowen Basin. For the first time, the program visited students in Moranbah, Comet, Bluff, Dingo and Banana, and returned to schools in Collinsville, Scottville and Dysart. Across the 10 schools visited, an average of 23.5% of students were found to be experiencing a ...

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Reaching Across Queensland

Hear and Say's services span far beyond our centres. Thanks to our amazing supporters, we are reaching right across Queensland through services like our Telepractice program that ensures all children, wherever they live, can have access to hear and speak to their full potential. Iyla – Cooktown   Iyla was switched on to sound in August 2017. Because Iyla lives in Cooktown (almost 330km north of Cairns), she attends lessons via Telepractice. We were so impressed last lesson when Iyla spontaneously said “Roll this, mama” when playing with playdough – great to see her spontaneously ...

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Moana, our little achiever

Two-year-old Moana has been in Hear and Say’s Early Intervention program since she was just two months old, after she was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at her newborn hearing screening test. Eight months later, surrounded by loved ones, Moana heard sound for the very first time when her cochlear implants were ‘switched-on’. Since then, Moana has been attending regular audiology appointments and speech and language lessons as a part of our Early Intervention program. An important part of our program is ensuring children who are deaf or hard of hearing are ...

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Kerry Jacobson, former drummer of ...

From a young age, Kerry Jacobson has performed in many rock bands, most notably as the drummer for Dragon, Mondo Rock and Ian Moss. Kerry, who still performs but also teaches percussion, recently visited Hear and Say to have his hearing checked, and to talk about why all musicians should love their ears. “In the early 70’s and 80’s no one wore ear plugs, it was never discussed. I remember, as a kid, coming home from a rock session with ringing in my ears. It took many years before I realised that the ringing might be damaging my hearing, which eventually it did. Playing drums in ...

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Our Noisy World

Wednesday 25 April is International Noise Awareness Day. A reminder to us to be more aware of the noise that we are subjected to as a part of day to day living. Stop and listen, how noisy is the world around you right now? In our daily routine we are constantly bombarded by noise, and for many of us that noise can cause stress, as well as impact on our hearing. Whether it be at work, at your local café or restaurant, or around the home and in the garden, ignoring excessive levels of noise can put you at risk.  And it’s not just you who can be impacted, children too may suffer from ...

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Grant unlocks potential for more ...

A four-layer rainbow cake, bunches of balloons, and joyful guests: they’re the hallmarks of a great event, but this week in particular, they formed part of the celebrations for a very special announcement at Hear and Say.  Special guests, families and staff gathered on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 as Gary Mark, CEO of Hand Heart Pocket, the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced a grant for $500,000 to Hear and Say. This transformational gift will support Hear and Say to help cover the funding gap to deliver critical early intervention services, empowering more Queensland children who ...

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Koby’s Story

Arriving home with a newborn baby is an exciting and special time, as you begin to settle into the routine of your new family life. But for Alison and Daniel, these moments of joy were cut short, when at just three months of age, their baby boy, Koby, contracted bacterial meningitis. “We nearly lost our baby boy when he was 14 weeks old but we were lucky and he was a fighter.  After we brought him home from the hospital, we thought that would be the end of any bad news,” said Alison. But, ten months into Koby’s recovery, doctors performed follow up tests and found Koby ...

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Taj’s Story

It’s ironic how deafening the words, “Your child has a hearing loss” can be.  Taj was two months old when he was diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears. I was so fortunate my mum was there for that appointment, when I could no longer hear anything. I had switched off from information overload and my mind contemplated what the future held for our baby boy. I’m an optimistic person, so when Taj failed each hearing test, I honestly believed everything was fine and he just had fluid in his ears. But this wasn’t the case and my bubble of positivity popped.   We had ...

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