COVID-19 Update

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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World-leading experts in hearing technology and listening and spoken language therapy.

Working in our five centres across Queensland and throughout the globe for almost 30 years, we are dedicated to opening worlds for all people with hearing loss. Our team empowers individuals to live life connected with their friends, family and community. We shape our work around the latest research and technology to best support the needs of children and adults impacted by hearing loss and other sensory concerns.

Together with families and health professionals, our inter-disciplinary Early Intervention program strives to give children the gifts of listening, hearing and speaking so they are not limited by hearing loss and can reach milestones at the same time as their hearing peers.

We encourage early identification of hearing loss by supporting screening at birth and through our school program, as well as provide evidence-based training for health professionals and parents. The work we do is underpinned by our values and relies on the generous support of our networks, government and philanthropic partners to create impactful and sustainable change.

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As a registered nurse and midwife, Kath Corcoran is aware of how important it is to look after her health – including a fluctuating hearing loss that had frustrated her for years. “Taking steps to retain your functional hearing capacity is so important, however my specific hearing loss was not a linear progression from ‘hearing’ to ‘not hearing’,” said Kath, who was diagnosed with an inner ear condition known as Ménière’s disease in 2007, and had been wearing hearing aids for the past year with varying success. x“For me, I have periods of hearing fluctuations which ...

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Hear and Say Celebrates 28 Years

Today, 6 July 2020, marks 28 years of Hear and Say working to open worlds for families impacted by hearing loss. To celebrate this milestone (and in the absence of our usual shared birthday cake), our founder, Dr Dimity Dornan AO reflects on the past three decades supporting children learning to hear, listen and speak. “When I first started out, there was just me and six children – no funding or salary, but a lot of hope that children who were significantly deaf/hard of hearing could learn to clearly listen and speak for the first time in history.   Professor Graeme Clark ...

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Small Sounds Make Big Impact

The melodic song of birds in the trees – it’s something many of us take for granted, but not so for 75-year-old grandfather, Trevor. Having acquired hearing aids through Hear and Say’s Adult Hearing program late last year, Trevor said that he had been overjoyed to find a return to many everyday sounds. “I had noticed that I was missing out interacting with friends and family, especially the grandkids. It was embarrassing at times, getting the wrong slant on conversations, and I often had to rely on others for interpretation,” said Trevor. “I had previously had a ...

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Ten-Year Tenure for Hear and Say ...

It is with heartfelt gratitude that Hear and Say farewells Paul Laxon OAM in his role as Board Chair at the end of this month, following more than a decade of inspiring leadership. From the Brisbane centre’s move from its outgrown quarters in Auchenflower into the state-of-the-art Ashgrove facilities; to overseeing governance and accreditation during the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition, Paul has been instrumental in steering Hear and Say through rapid growth and change. Chris McCarthy, who was appointed as the first Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer eight years ...

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Creating Change With Suncorp ...

An iconic Queensland institution, Suncorp Stadium has long been associated with the roar of a sports match or the thunderous cheer of a music crowd. Alongside that though, Suncorp Stadium also makes big noise for children with hearing loss. From the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) beneficiary lunches where it all began, to the renowned annual Suncorp Stadium Charity Golf Day, to the fun of 50-50 Charity Raffles, the links forged between Hear and Say and Suncorp Stadium are many and varied. Suncorp Stadium’s General Manager, Alan Graham said their team had been proud to have Hear and Say as ...

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Optimise your Child’s Learning ...

Asking your child to be focused throughout an entire listening and spoken language lesson can be a challenge, and telepractice lessons, which are increasingly becoming part of the ‘new norm’, have their own unique distractions. Hear and Say’s Occupational Therapist, Leisa Chapman, shares some insights and tips for helping children to be calm, settled and focussed during their telepractice lesson. Tip 1: The Surrounding Environment An ideal learning environment is a familiar, uncluttered and well-ventilated space that doesn’t have distracting background noise. It is great to ...

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Sarah’s Next Chapter

With schools opening their doors once again after the coronavirus-induced hiatus, 12-year-old Sarah has an exciting piece of technology to bring back to the classroom. After being diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss in her left ear last year, Sarah recently underwent cochlear implant surgery – and amidst the stringent conditions of a global pandemic, had her implant switched onto sound at the Hear and Say Brisbane centre. “Due to coronavirus my implant surgery had been on and off several times which was disappointing, so when I was finally able to have the surgery I was really ...

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From the desk of… Julie Decker

This edition took a bird’s eye view of Clinical Manager – Audiology Julie Decker’s hearing booth desk and gained insight into Hear and Say’s Audiology program. Julie joined us in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience from nearly 30 years as a cochlear implant audiologist. She began her career in Sydney working with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and The Shepherd Centre. She joined Hear and Say after working for Cochlear Ltd for 14 years, most recently as the Clinical Manager for Australia/New Zealand. Through this role she gained invaluable insights into the ...

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Cause For Celebration

Hear and Say alumni, Darcy had an extra reason to celebrate his birthday well this year. Lending his voice as an ambassador of the recent Hear and Say: Here to Stay Giving Day, Darcy said he was thrilled to see the campaign raise well over its initial $200,000 target, one day after he turned 22. “I was stoked to see the community’s response to the Giving Day, because Hear and Say has had a massive butterfly effect on my life and for so many others like me. I wouldn’t have had the friends I have now, I wouldn’t have worked in all the jobs I’ve had, or gone to the school I went to, ...

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Harry With The World At His Feet

Ensuring babies born into a world without sound have access to urgent services has been the driving force behind Hear and Say’s work for almost 30 years. This extends from our earliest six children, whose sessions were delivered by Dr Dimity Dornan within a spare room in a Brisbane physiotherapy clinic, to babies like one-year-old Harry, who was born with severe hearing loss and received cochlear implants just over two months ago. Like thousands of children before him, Harry is now undertaking years of early intervention to develop listening and spoken language skills that will quickly ...

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Here to Stay: Safeguarding the ...

From all corners of the Hear and Say community came an incredible show of dedication to opening worlds for babies born deaf, with the staggering success of the Hear and Say: Hear to Stay Giving Day. Whether through generous donations or helping to spread awareness across the country, 28 May saw individuals, families, community groups and businesses truly come from far and wide to lend their support, many from Hear and Say’s earliest days. The official close of the 24-hour period saw $233,928 raised – an extraordinary figure which Hear and Say’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris ...

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Not Even a Global Pandemic Can ...

Like many three-year-olds, Siena has a plethora of favourite activities, along with the energy to complete them. She loves dancing, building sandcastles and playing in playgrounds, and is yet to find a craft activity she doesn’t love. Siena wears hearing aids and attends Hear and Say’s Brisbane centre for regular listening and spoken language lessons, as well as the LEAP Group Social Skills program. “For us, it is important that Siena can hear the full spectrum of sound, and that there are no frequencies that she is missing out on. We want her to be able to ‘hear’ all the ...

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Meet our Team: Hilary Zimmerman, ...

This year we were excited to welcome Hilary Zimmerman to Hear and Say as our new Clinical Social Worker. In her experience as a Social Worker, Hilary has worked with children, youth and families throughout all stages of life. We sat down with Hilary to find out a bit more about her role a Social Worker and how she is supporting our Hear and Say families. Could you provide a quick overview of your career? I’ve worked within the not-for-profit mental health sector supporting both adults and young people, and most recently at the Queensland Children’s Hospital where I supported ...

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Volunteers contribute immeasurable value to the Hear and Say community. This National Volunteers Week, we celebrate and thank the many incredible people who donate their time and expertise across our centres. Every Hear and Say volunteer has a generous spirit and a heart-warming story – volunteers like Lee. Lee has been an invaluable volunteer at the Hear and Say Darling Downs Centre for over two years, and she is greatly admired for her outstanding can-do attitude and willingness to attend to any task with enthusiasm and a smile. “Lee has built such beautiful rapport with our ...

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Meet Our Ambassadors

Hear and Say: Here to Stay Kate and Andrew de Koning Parents Kate and Andrew know first-hand what it’s like to have a child diagnosed with hearing loss. Their son, Harry – a little brother to their older daughter, Stella – was born last year into a world without clear sound. Harry’s diagnosis came as a huge surprise for the young couple who, with no family history of hearing loss, had thought of his hospital newborn hearing screening as just another “routine check”. “When we found out our son had severe hearing loss, it came as a very big shock for our family. My ...

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Meet our Team: Jim Green, Senior ...

It’s a challenging time to be a fundraiser but Jim Green, Hear and Say’s Senior Fundraising Officer, is known for his innovative and positive outlook. Jim has provided insight into what’s shaped his career and what he is excited for in the future of fundraising.   What lead you to become a fundraiser? Right now I’m asking myself the same thing! Seriously though, it’s an opportunity to achieve genuine impact by building a community of support around a cause. I believe fundraising is merely an outcome of good community engagement. I worked in special education for ...

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Remarkable change to Kevin's ...

Retired mining engineer, Kevin had never before considered that he may have an issue with his hearing. At the age of 82, Kevin had an active lifestyle and felt that, “if only people would stop mumbling and speak clearly, I could easily understand them”. Kevin joked that his family evidently felt otherwise, as it was his son who sent him a notice advising that Hear and Say was establishing an Adult Hearing program late last year. “This caught my attention because I was already well aware of the fantastic work that Hear and Say was doing with children with hearing problems,” ...

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Helping speech and language ...

Speech and language development is comprised of many parts, with daily experiences associating sounds with meaning, words with actions or objects, being a few of the elements which have an impact on a child’s learning. With many families looking for fun activities to do while at home, Hear and Say’s listening and spoken language specialists have put together some activities that will not only occupy your children, but also help them to develop their listening and spoken language.   Create an obstacle course This helps with language development by working on the ...

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Distance no barrier

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a Listening and Spoken Language therapy lesson online? These sessions are the reality for around 50 of our families living regionally or even overseas, enrolled in our Telepractice program. In the wake of COVID-19, many of our families traditionally supported through our in-centre services have also transitioned to Telepractice as an effective, easy alternative to their typical lessons. We recently spoke with Robyn, mother of three-year-old Kyle who has profound hearing loss and wears cochlear implants. A Brisbane resident some years ago, ...

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Singing With Children Hits All ...

Everybody loves to sing (although not always in tune!), especially children. Singing evokes emotion, creating a fun and positive atmosphere. An added bonus is that it’s a wonderful means of learning for children, strengthening the connection between hearing and speech skills. Music stimulates many areas of our brain at the same time, enhancing our memory and retention of new vocabulary and grammar. Hear and Say Clinical Manager, Listening and Spoken Language, Jessica Balfour-Ogilvy explained how a child’s ability to imitate the rhythm in songs facilitates development of the natural ...

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