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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Keeping track of your hearing ...

From navigating an echoing boardroom teleconference to the noise of a busy cycling route, the need for maintaining good hearing health is clear across all facets of Giles Smith’s life. An engineer by trade, Giles spends much of his spare time on his beloved road bike, both as an avid cyclist himself and as a coach with CAMS Cycling Collective in Brisbane. Giles said he was prompted to have an assessment after his wife noticed his hearing had seemed to recently decline. “Particularly because I ride a lot and coach cycling in groups of anywhere from three to 20 people, being ...

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From School to the Soccer Field

Growing up in the beautiful surrounds of a Sunshine Coast dairy farm, a typical day for 12-year-old, Rescue includes waking early to help feed the animals, going to school, playing sport and spending time with siblings, Rascal, Cheeky and Ruckus. The sounds of Rescue’s day-to-day life – mates in the schoolyard, the thud of a soccer ball kicked, cows bellowing on the family farm – became much clearer last December, on a special morning at Hear and Say. It was less than two weeks before Christmas that Rescue had his cochlear implant first switched onto sound – a gift that truly ...

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Creating Community Change with ...

The far-reaching legacy built by community group, Quota International of Wynnum Manly Inc. has become a rich thread in the Hear and Say story. From Hear and Say’s earliest times, Quota Wynnum Manly members were there, including advocating for universal newborn hearing screening in hospitals and organising events to raise urgent funds for local families impacted by hearing loss. Club Treasurer, Yvonne Spanner fondly recalled those early days of fundraising for Hear and Say, which saw members walking the streets of Wynnum seeking prize donations from local businesses, for what would go ...

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Cycling and Hearing Loss: Staying ...

Transitioning from a spirited debate in a board meeting to the good-natured ruckus of a family dinner is no longer the challenge it once was for business consultant, John Swete Kelly. Following a 22-year career with the Royal Australian Engineers in the Australian Army, John moved into the corporate sector, with roles across tertiary education, mining and business advisory; most recently, he also led the team at Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association as Chief Executive. John had noticed a gradual deterioration in his hearing for a number of years, and although he had had tests ...

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Making Mealtimes Fun

As a dietitian, nutritionist and fussy eating specialist, Marie-France Laval has seen it all when it comes to stressful mealtimes around the family table. “As a mum of three myself, I know first-hand how hard it can be – and how important it is – to instil healthy eating habits in children, and the impact that fussy eating can have on an entire family,” said Marie-France. “However, even when families feel like they have tried everything, I also know that a positive outcome is always possible. It is often in the preparation; using a variety of cooking methods for example enables ...

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A Future to Match Her Name for ...

Transitioning to the “new normal” of life is no easy feat, but like many of the children enrolled at Hear and Say, bright and bubbly Hope is taking it all in her stride. Born with profound hearing loss in both ears, Hope was less than one year old when she had her cochlear implants first switched onto sound – and not even a global pandemic can get in the way of her progress over two years later, learning to hear, listen and speak. “After the initial shock for everyone concerned, it has been pretty smooth sailing,” said Hope’s grandmother, Susan. “Hope and all her family ...

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Brisbane City Dressed To Impress

Did you catch a giant loud shirt hanging in Brisbane’s King George Square recently? Or perhaps you saw it on the news? Either way, it was hard to miss the exciting launch of Loud Shirt Day 2020! Measuring an incredible five metres tall by four metres wide, it took some serious equipment, weeks of planning and what’s thought to be the world’s largest coat hanger to display Queensland’s loudest shirt in the heart of Brisbane. Known fondly as ‘Big Loud Shirt’, this impressive piece of attire was designed and sewn by 2020 Loud Shirt Day ambassador and commercial construction ...

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From the desk of… Katie Smith

Next in our ‘From the desk of…’ series we take a look at the desk of Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Katie Smith. Along with her normal listening and spoken language lessons, Katie also runs our regular LEAP Group Social Skills program. This year hasn’t been without its challenges for all of our group programs, however Katie has taken it in her stride to shift LEAP onto telepractice throughout the coronavirus pandemic – as have our wonderful families! Check out Katie’s desk when she’s working in-centre with families in Brisbane, and find out more about what a day ...

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A Digital Silver Lining

For parents Rhianon and Julian, the impact of coronavirus has brought a new way of accessing Hear and Say’s programs for their daughter, Olive – right from the comfort of home. Olive’s hearing loss was first picked up through the universal newborn hearing screening. Access to Hear and Say’s Early Intervention program enabled ongoing monitoring of Olive’s hearing levels, which led to her undergoing surgery to insert grommets to manage her middle ear health and hearing. Rhianon recalled those frustrating early days bouncing between specialists, and the sense of relief that came ...

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Queensland’s Loudest Towns Heat ...

As the months grow hotter across the state, so too does a creative battle between two passionate rural communities. Meet our colourful competitors involved in this year’s Queensland’s Loudest Town challenge, inspired by some very special Hear and Say families. Aramac With a recorded population of just 299 people, Aramac is located over 100km south-west of Longreach, and punches well above its weight when it comes to rallying behind its local families. Seven-year-old resident, Emmy inspired Aramac’s entry into the 2019 Loud Shirt Day challenge to find Queensland’s loudest town, ...

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Thinking Outside the (Donation) ...

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year like no other, yet amidst these challenging times has come amazing moments of community support. The Ladies Long Lunch was just one of the fundraising events Hear and Say made the difficult decision to cancel this year, due to coronavirus. Upon receiving this news, many attendees generously donated their ticket cost, to help families impacted by hearing loss through the pandemic and beyond. One guest, Anna Sanders took it one step further and has decided to host her own lunch and donate the proceeds to Hear and Say. Anna’s daughter, ...

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Prepped and ready to go

It’s been a year like never before, but prep student, Atticus has taken it all in his stride. For his parents, Karyn and Hamish, it was a justly proud moment when they first walked their son through the school gates. Karyn shares her family’s story from their home in regional Queensland, and the journey they have been on to reach this emotion-filled milestone.     “Atticus was born with severe hearing loss in his left ear, and over time his hearing deteriorated until he eventually had profound hearing loss in both ears. When Atticus was seven months old, we came ...

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Having Your Hearing Assessed: ...

With adults typically waiting many years to get their hearing checked after noticing an issue, it’s little surprise that having a hearing test is a daunting prospect for many. However, with research increasingly pointing to deteriorating hearing in later life being linked to other health conditions, social isolation and even mental decline, adding a regular hearing check to your to-do list may make a lasting difference for your quality of life – now, and in the future. What can I expect from a hearing assessment at Hear and Say? Hear and Say offers comprehensive hearing tests and ...

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Meet Our Team: Pirasha Maru, ...

After our glimpse into the world of audiology in our “From the Desk of…” series, we sat down with another member of Hear and Say’s Audiology team, Pirasha Maru, to find out more about her role.  1.What does a typical workday look like for you as a Hear and Say audiologist? I have up to five face-to-face appointments in a day, with clients aged anywhere from newborn through to adults. Clients might be coming in for a diagnostic hearing assessment, or they may already wear a hearing device that needed to be programmed. After the appointment, I consolidate the results and ...

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"One email is all it took!"

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. “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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