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The health and wellbeing of our community is always of utmost priority, particularly during the current ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are continuing to develop our plan for a safe return to in-centre services for all our families and clients, as well as offering our services via Telepractice.

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Supporting Early Language ...

As the earliest teachers for their children, parents and carers play a critical role in their child’s speech and language development. Hear and Say Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and qualified speech pathologist, Liz Morosini outlines some of the basic practices families can use at home. These strategies encourage speech and language development – regardless of whether a child has a hearing loss or not. Talk to your child: speak about everything you see and hear around you as you go about your day together. This provides plenty of language stimulation to further ...

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Chain Reaction

Following years of nudging from family, it was the chance reading of an article that finally prompted avid cyclist, Peter Lovell to take the first step towards getting his hearing tested. “There was a promotion in Bicycle Queensland’s newsletter offering members a free hearing screen through Hear and Say. It caught my attention as my family had been putting the pressure on for a long time for me to get my hearing checked,” said Peter. “Until that point, I’d been resisting. At the back of my mind was the annoyance I have constantly felt at having to wear glasses everyday for my ...

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What is an Audiogram?

If you or someone you know has had a hearing test, you might have seen a chart like this: Known as an audiogram, this graph (shown blank above) indicates the softest sounds someone can hear across the main speech frequencies (low, mid and high pitch sounds). Where your results fall on the audiogram reflects which speech and environmental sounds, if any, aren’t being heard well – or at all. How do you read an audiogram? At the top of the graph, the numbers ranging from 250 to 12,000 hertz (Hz) represent sound frequencies, from low pitch across to high pitch – similar to the keys ...

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Hearing Tests for Toddlers and ...

Does your toddler need a hearing test and you’re unsure what to expect? Hear and Say Audiologist, Sharon Bruna sits down to explain how the process works. “Having a hearing check is usually a fun, positive and painless experience for toddlers or young children,” said Sharon. “There are two main types of hearing tests for this age group – behavioural testing and objective (electrophysiological) testing. The latter is typically used to test hearing for babies under six months of age, but both tests have their advantages and it’s useful to have results from both types of tests ...

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Hear and Now: Meet Megan

As one of the first children to attend Hear and Say back in 1992, Megan has witnessed the radical changes in hearing technology across the past three decades. “It’s incredible to see how far cochlear implant and hearing aid technology has come, even in my lifetime,” reflected Megan, who will celebrate her 30th birthday later this year. “When I got my first cochlear implant, I had a box that I’d wear with a cord attached to my implant on my head. Over time the processor got smaller and smaller and now it just sits behind the ear.” Born profoundly deaf, Megan’s hearing ...

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Levelling the Score with Better ...

With a decades-long career in sports administration – including officiating at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics wheelchair rugby – Stan Battock’s passion for all things sport has inspired much of his professional and personal life. It was then somewhat fitting that it was a promotion running in Bicycle Queensland’s newsletter that tipped Stan’s decision to get his hearing tested, following years of prompting from family. “The offer of a free hearing screen with Hear and Say was timely, as my wife had been urging me to get my hearing checked,” recalled Stan, aged 65. “My ...

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Sports with Cochlear Implants

Playing sports is a pillar of Australian culture, for many children and adults alike. Typically, having an implantable hearing device such as a cochlear implant or bone anchored hearing aid doesn’t mark the end of getting out there with your local team. That said, there are some careful considerations to think through before heading out onto the field or into the water – and as we’re all unique, you should always check with your audiologist or doctor about what’s safe for you. Non-contact sports Non-contact sports such as athletics are ideal for people who wear cochlear ...

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Creating Change with the Tim ...

Around seven million Australians – almost 30 per cent of the population – currently live in rural and remote areas (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). Particularly in a state as vast as Queensland, geographic isolation can mean families risk missing access to health and wellbeing services – hence the critical importance of initiatives such as Hear and Say’s Telepractice program. For over a decade, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has worked alongside Hear and Say to empower regional Queensland children who are deaf or hard of hearing to achieve the same outcomes as their ...

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Screen. Connect. Communicate.

Every second person knows someone with a hearing loss, yet it can up to 10 years for many of us to actually do something about it. From dialling into a Zoom call, to celebrating special occasions with friends or family, to watching TV of an evening, keeping your hearing in check is as important as ever. The reality is hearing loss can happen at any age and often declines without you noticing it. March 1 – 7 marks Hearing Awareness Week and at Hear and Say we’re encouraging everyone to put a regular hearing test on their to-do list. If you, or a loved one is experiencing any of the ...

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From the Desk of… Matthew Gee

Our school screeners have hit the ground running this year as our Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program kicks off for a very busy term one! From finding insects in a child’s ear, to visiting the uniquely-named towns of rural Queensland including Comet, Dingo and Banana, to identifying a hearing loss and helping a child to reach their full potential… the life of a school hearing screener is always changing. Senior Hearing Screener Matthew Gee pulled up a chair, opened his screening case and gave us a snapshot into his role at Hear and Say.   How a hearing ...

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Hear and Now: Meet Maria

Turning 21 in 2021 feels like a positive sign to Maria, whose plans this year include juggling work, study and getting her driver licence. Currently studying a Bachelor of Business and Design and working as a retail assistant in the fashion industry, Maria’s year is shaping up to be a busy one. “I am interested in so many different pathways which excites me for the future,” said Maria. Born with profound hearing loss in both ears, Maria was 13 months old when she had her first cochlear implant in her left ear. Now using two cochlear implants, Maria said she was “beyond ...

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Easy, Fun At-Home Craft

Whether it’s the weekend, the holidays or you’re just looking for simple at-home activity to entertain children, this craft activity is a good one to jot down. Hear and Say’s Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Katie Smith runs the Brisbane LEAP Group Social Skills program, and also holds the important title around the centre as the ‘Queen of Craft’. Check out Katie’s step-by-step guide below for a colourful rainbow craft activity that’s both fun and educational. “There are plenty of learning goals that work well with this activity. As you’re making your rainbow, ...

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Better Hearing for Bruce

Information technology specialist, Bruce Eagle is one of the two-thirds of Australians who suffer from tinnitus at some point in their life. Frustrated with the constant ringing noise in his ears and a mild but increasingly noticeable hearing loss, Bruce, aged 63, turned to Hear and Say for a hearing test. Now fitted with hearing aids specifically matched to his type of hearing loss and day-to-day needs, Bruce said he had already noticed a difference in the few months since wearing them. “Beforehand people seemed to be mumbling in conversations, but now I better understand what ...

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Sound Support for Ten-Year-Old ...

Year Six student Benjamin is fascinated by all things mechanical and electronic – meaning his high-tech hearing device is a great fit in more ways than one. Diagnosed with profound hearing loss in his right ear, Benjamin now uses a cochlear implant to hear clearly all the time, both at home and in the classroom. “Benjamin’s hearing loss was gradual from four years old. Coupled with his prior diagnosis of autism, it had created significant obstacles to his learning and engagement at school,” said Benjamin’s mum, Julia. After being referred to Hear and Say, Benjamin went ...

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James Lives Loud and Proud

With seven months now passed since his cochlear implant was first switched onto sound, two-year-old James has been living life loud. “James loves waking up early every morning and running full pelt around the house, laughing and screaming at the top of his lungs,” said James’s mum, Bianca. “He also loves to play with his toy cars and trucks, and is thrilled when he hears motorbikes or anything loud go by our house.” It was the hospital-based hearing screening that flagged to Bianca and husband, Steven that there was a potential hearing issue in their son’s right ear. A ...

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Setting the Scene for Success

From the bustle of a filmset to watching playbacks in an editing room, young filmmaker Zoe Seitz couldn’t imagine a world without sound. Having graduated from a Bachelor of Film Production in 2016, the 23-year-old currently works as an audio-visual technician and freelance videographer from her home on the Gold Coast – a career she’s aspired to since childhood. “My passion for filmmaking initially came from watching a variety of TV shows and films growing up,” Zoe said. “In addition to my current jobs, hopefully this year I will also get to work on my first big-scale film ...

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Hear and Now: Meet Nick

It’s been only five years since 27-year-old, Nick graduated with his degree in industrial design, but it’s a career that has already seen him across projects ranging from designing padding for indoor trampoline centres and truck interiors, through to his current role with a world-leading aluminium company working with window and door elements. The new year ahead will see Nick apply his design skills a little closer to home, having recently purchased his first house – a “real fixer-upper” – together with his fiancée, Kirsten. Renovation sites and design warehouses are ...

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A Tale Just Beginning

He’s not even three years old, and already Max knows the power of a good story. “Max loves dinosaurs, trucks and playing outside, but his favourite thing to do is read books,” said Max’s mum, Kerri. “I often find him going through books from his bookstand, or bringing a book to anyone who will read to him. His current favourites are, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Three Billy Goats Gruff.” Reading stories together also plays an important role in Max’s listening and spoken language therapy at Hear and Say, specialised speech therapy targeted at supporting the ...

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1,000 Reasons to Celebrate School ...

Another milestone has been chalked up for our Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program, with our 1,000th school visit. It was the Prep classes of Windsor State School in Brisbane’s inner north who helped mark the momentous occasion, adding to over 63,000 students who have been screened through the program since it started in 2015. “Identifying hearing loss and ensuring there are no barriers to learning sets students up for success as they begin school. This is the fifth year our students have had their hearing screened via the Hear to Learn program and we are extremely ...

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Hearing Loss and Dementia: ...

Growing research is shining light on the association between dementia and hearing loss, with considerable opportunities being identified for the possible role of audiology in future dementia support. An estimated 459,000 Australians currently live with dementia, a figure that’s anticipated to rise to over one million by 2058 (Dementia Australia, 2018). Although the exact mechanisms of hearing loss as a risk factor for developing dementia are still unknown, recent research suggests that hearing loss potentially increases long-term risks of cognitive decline and incidental ...

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