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.

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Isaac’s hearing condition will ...

The smile on Isaac’s face says it all as he ‘shows off’ his new uniform in preparation for the first day at ‘big’ school. For parents Michelle and Charlie Chen this milestone is one that was originally fraught with uncertainty. Isaac was born with lesser known congenital birth defect ‘Microtia and Atresia’ which resulted in a deformed outer right ear and has impacted his hearing. At just a few months of age, Isaac’s parents joined Hear and Say’s Early Intervention and Microtia and Atresia Support Programs, and more recently have travelled to the US to receive ...

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Five “keys” to hearing and ...

Everything your child learns in a classroom relies on them being able to hear well! Speech, language and vocabulary  are all learned through listening and as much as 90% of vocabulary is not acquired through direct teaching – it’s overhearing conversations, and hearing words used in context. But how do you know your child is hearing everything they need to keep up in the busy and noisy environment of the classroom? As we all gear up to return to a brand new year, new teacher, and new classroom, there are some easy things you can look for to make sure your child has the best chance ...

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Hearing loss, music and the ...

We are excited to announce a new Hear and Say research study called “Music Education and Auditory Processing in Children with Hearing Loss” which is being led by Eloise Doherty, a PhD student from the University of Queensland. This study is a significant milestone for Hear and Say as this is the first time we have been involved with research combining both audiology and music. Keep your ‘ears to the ground’ for more updates on Eloise’s findings. In May 1927, John Redfield published a paper called “Teaching Music to the Deaf”1, in which he described a successful band program ...

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Grace's Story

Grace lives with hearing loss, but she benefits from a cochlear implant and has been visiting Hear and Say since she was a baby. She’s now six years old, and even though she lives in regional Queensland, she attends her lessons with mum and dad via our Telepractice Program. Her dad Dan told me recently, “When she was born, Grace was like any other child. Her cerebral palsy came later on. She lost her hearing, her sight and her teeth and she’s got no head or body control. Her type of cerebral palsy means she can’t communicate with the outside world. She wants to, and she can ...

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The Hear to Learn – School ...

Pirasha Maru is a friendly new face in the Hear and Say Audiology team. Having recently graduated from her Master of Audiology at The University of Queensland, Pirasha said she is most looking forward to helping children living with hearing loss to improve their overall quality of life. In 2017, Pirasha joined fellow Masters student, Philippa Horn together with two screeners from the Hear and Say team, to take the Hear and Say Hear to Learn school hearing screening program into regional Queensland for the first time, an initiative made possible thanks to the support of Hear and Say’s ...

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A small snapshot of our BIG year

It's been one BIG year at Hear and Say in 2017 and we have certainly enjoyed celebrating 25 years of opening worlds. Here is a small snapshot of our BIG year! We celebrated our 25th year with the Premier of Queensland We got loud on with our awesome community on Loud Shirt Day The 'Hear to Learn' School Screening Team screened their 200th school Guests 'Stepped Back in Time' at our Annual Gala Ball Children's worlds were opened when they were 'switched on' to sound Santa visited our LEAP Christmas parties Join us on the journey towards the next 25 years and beyond ...

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Get your child talking about ...

Asking your child ‘what did you do today’ is a question that many children have difficulty answering. Especially when asked by a family member or friend. Creating an experience book is a wonderful opportunity for your child to practice talking about what they’ve done today, yesterday or a few weeks ago.  Put simply, an experience book is put together by a child and parent to capture and reflect what is important in their world each day so they can share these experiences with those around them. Don’t feel under pressure to do a special activity for the book. Your experience book ...

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Corporate partner, Thiess, with ...

Dimity Dornan, Founder of Hear and Say, shares the story of when she first met the team at Thiess. "It was just over 22 years ago, but when I look back it seems like only yesterday that we received a call from a gentleman who said he had money that he was prepared to give us. That had never happened before, and it was an amazing amount of money, $50,000! The gentleman was from Thiess. He had seen a story on Hear and Say in that morning's Courier Mail, and thought he'd landed his target charity. By the meeting's end, we had secured Thiess as a partner, a partnership that continues into ...

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Thanks to the past, the future is ...

When I reflect back on Hear and Say’s 25 years, and in particular the ten years that I have been with the organisation, I am inspired by how far we have come. In those very early days, in the 90’s, Hear and Say was taking its very first steps. We were small, we were uncertain and we were learning. We moved from toddler stage to the awkward teens in the early 00’s and started to find our own way. In our 25th year as young adults, we are still maturing however the path we have followed has led us to where we are. We are the product of years of experience, of our combined knowledge ...

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Growing your baby's brain

It’s the little things that we do every day that count towards growing our baby’s brain, promoting development for listening and speaking. It really is as simple as spending time together throughout the day, talking, playing, singing and reading. Here are some top brain-growing tips from the Hear and Say Listening and Spoken Language team: Get chatting: talk to your child frequently in meaningful ways. Don’t forget to use lots of repetition. Keep it interesting: Talk about topics that interest your child. Talk firstly about what your child is doing, secondly about what you are ...

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Around the world

Improving health outcomes for children and adults across the globe. As experts leading the world in hearing and speech therapy, we believe it is important to share our knowledge to open worlds for children across the globe. It has been a privilege to have reached out to many like-minded health professionals and educators in all parts of the world where access to hearing and speaking is less available than it is here in Australia. So far, we have worked to improve access to speaking and sound in India, China, United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Italy and a number of Russian ...

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Dimity is awarded Senior ...

We were thrilled to hear the news that our very own Dimity Dornan AO has been named Queensland Australian Senior of the Year. Dimity’s wonderful work for 25 years with Hear and Say, her international work, and most recently with developing the bionics industry has meant that she was recognised with this great honour amongst a very prestigious field of Queensland nominees. Dimity founded the Hear and Say Centre more than 25 years ago and has since championed the advancement of bionics, including extraordinary creations such as bionic eyes, limbs, nerves and more. Early in her career, ...

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Sage and her new "N7"

It was a Queensland first when almost-one-year-old, Sage had her brand new Cochlear Nucleus 7 sound processor switched onto sound at the Hear and Say Gold Coast Centre this month! The “N7” is the world’s first cochlear implant sound processor made to be specifically compatible with iPhones for direct streaming, as well as being the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear process currently available. Sage has had severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears from birth. At the age of two months, Sage was fitted with hearing aids, and since then has been attending ...

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All the world’s a stage for ...

  Tutus, leotards and all things sparkly: that was the dress code of the day recently, with Hear and Say families treated to some very glittery, dance-filled LEAP playgroups. In Brisbane, children were led in a mini ballet class by Australian Dance Performance Institute (ADPI) ballerinas Sophie, Paris and Sienna, which included learning some all-important warm-ups, a routine to follow along to, and finally a fast-paced game of musical statues. Up on the Sunshine Coast, ballerina Sam took children into the mesmerising world of dance by teaching the excited group some simple ballet ...

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Isabella's Story

Peter and I moved to Brisbane with our son Connor when I found out I was pregnant with our daughter Isabella. With a second child on the way, it was going to be tough without any family support, and family is so important to us. When she was born she was just perfect, and she still is. In hospital the newborn hearing screening test was done and that came back as inconclusive. We were convinced that the test was wrong as we have no family history of hearing loss. After about three months of testing, we realised this was serious. Isabella was diagnosed with hearing loss and was fitted with ...

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The Benefits of Occupational ...

Children develop at different rates with some acquiring skills later than their peers. They may need additional time and support to develop skills such as crawling, jumping, climbing on playground equipment, colouring with a crayon, drawing simple shapes, tolerating messy play, following directions, attending circle time or socializing with peers. Children with a partial or total hearing loss may be more vulnerable to experiencing associated sensory and motor difficulties. It has been proposed that approximately one third of people with a hearing impairment have associated vestibular ...

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What is our Telepractice Program?

Our Telepractice Program allows Hear and Say to assist children with hearing loss and their families who live in rural and remote areas of Queensland and beyond. The following range of services are provided through the Telepractice Program by one of our Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS): Bi-weekly video conference link-ups with the child and parent, with lessons planned with the parent on alternate weeks. Bi-annual visits to the family home by the family's LSL therapist, to work with the child and family and to assist with any specific areas of concerns. ...

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What is Early Intervention?

Hear and Say provides early intervention for the management of your child's hearing loss using Auditory-Verbal Therapy. We start seeing children from as soon as they are born, until the time that your child commences compulsory schooling. The nature and frequency of the support required varies from child to child, and your child's needs are assessed and compared with their normally hearing peers to determine the intervention required to assist them to meet their listening and spoken language potential. Typically each child will have their Individual Education Plan (IEP) based on ...

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Our Cochlear Implant Program

We can cater for the needs of all Queensland families including rural and remote based families from either our Brisbane or Townsviille Centres. When a family decides to investigate the option of a cochlear implant, their child undergoes a comprehensive medical, audiological and Auditory-Verbal Therapy evaluation. The therapy evaluation consists of functional listening assessments and formal speech and language testing. Collection of this data (medical, audiological and therapy) provides information for assessing if the child is a suitable candidate for cochlear implantation. In addition, ...

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Concerned about your child's ...

Think hearing first. Hearing difficulties can affect a child's ability to learn - both socially and at school. A child's hearing may change over time, often without the child, parent or teacher noticing. Research indicates that up to 15% of primary school children may be affected by slight and mild hearing loss (Hearing Schools Study, 2005).  That's why it's important to monitor a child's hearing even if they have passed previous tests. Children with a hearing loss may experience speech and language delays, educational difficulties, behavioural problems and often require increased ...

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What’s Happening at Hear and Say

Grace’s Story

“Before all of this, we took hearing for granted and had never seen anyone with a cochlear implant.

But you see the difference, the magic, when someone who hasn’t heard before gets given sound for the first time.”

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Matthew and Jack’s Story

"Hear and Say has been a major part of our lives for the last 18 years. I am a mum to 3 sons with both my eldest and youngest having cochlear implants.

Matthew is now 20, was diagnosed at 2 and received his implant at age 3 whilst Jack is now 12 and was fortunate enough to have been one of the first in Townsville to have been part of the new infant screening program.

He was diagnosed at only 10 days old and implanted by 8 and 1/2 months.

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