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

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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Hear to Learn returns to the ...

For the second year, Hear and Say will deliver its Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening Program to primary schools in partnership with the program’s Founding Regional Partner, Thiess. We are delighted to be back to some of the schools we first visited last year, as well as new schools in 2018 including Collinsville, Scottville, Dysart, Moranbah, Comet, Bluff, Dingo and Banana. Hear and Say and Thiess continue to build upon our 23-year partnership. Supporting our ‘Hear to Learn’ School Hearing Screening Program is just one of the ways Thiess is helping to support Queensland ...

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From humble beginnings…

February saw Hear and Say Townsville transition to a new space on campus at James Cook University, bringing more therapy rooms and increased space to support Hear and Say’s growing services. Hear and Say’s Townsville program started in 2009, with one audiologist. Now, over 30 families in Townsville and North Queensland are seen at the centre, or via Telepractice. This has been made possible with the generosity of our corporate partners, government and the community. This includes a long-standing partnership with natural resources company, Glencore, who have enabled Hear and Say ...

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Opening worlds across the globe

As world-leading experts in hearing, listening and spoken language therapy, Hear and Say are changing the way the world thinks about, and treats children with hearing loss. Since 2002, Hear and Say has trained hundreds of parents, students and professionals in the Auditory-Verbal approach through our WorldWide Professional Training program. For the past eight weeks, we have had the pleasure of hosting two Speech-Language Pathology students from The University of Akron, all the way from the state of Ohio, USA! “Travelling across the world to Australia to learn more about what I ...

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International Women's Day 2018

With women making up more than 80% of the Hear and Say team, they truly are the heart, mind, soul and backbone of our organisation. On International Women’s Day 2018, I want take a moment to celebrate two Hear and Say leaders, respected both nationally and internationally. Our very own Dr Dimity Dornan, AO founded Hear and Say 25 years ago. Now, as an Executive Director, Dimity continues to share her incredible passion and vision with the organisation. In her own words, a ‘late starter’ Dimity has and continues to make an incredible difference to the lives of so many. Quiet ...

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Learning Language in the First ...

How do infants learn their native language in such a rapid and effortless manner? This question has puzzled researchers in early language acquisition over several decades, and research has now revealed that infants acquire advanced knowledge about their language (or languages) even before their first birthday, and these early language abilities become the building blocks for the development of more advanced skills such as vocabulary and literacy. However, some infants’ early experiences with language can be influenced by individual differences in language exposure, which is the case of ...

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Calling for research participants ...

Study 1: Help us understand how children with atresia perform at school Hear and Say is calling for children aged 6-12 years with atresia to participate in an exciting new project; "Language, academic, and quality of life outcomes for children with atresia". We will ask you to do:  Simple questionnaires  Language and reasoning tasks If you, or someone you know can help us out, please contact: Anna Hyland (Research Officer) for more information. E: anna.hyland@hearandsay.com.au | P: (07) 3850 2111 Study 2: Decision-Making in Microtia Researchers from ...

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4 steps to ‘Love your Ears’

As a part of Hearing Awareness Week which culminates on Saturday 3 March with World Hearing Day, Hear and Say is calling for all Queenslanders to take steps to protect their hearing and to ‘Love your Ears’. A whopping 3.5 million Australians experience hearing loss, with many exposed to regular and sustained noise that could potentially cause permanent damage. Our hearing is precious! So don't wait until it's too late to start taking care of your ears. Here's four super easy ways to protect your hearing and 'Love your Ears'   1. Protect those ears Wear ear protection when ...

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Senior Queenslander of the Year, ...

It has been my great pleasure to have been a part of a hearing, listening and speaking future for babies diagnosed with hearing loss for such a large part of my life. For me, the look on the faces of the children when they hear for the first time, and when the parents light up with the prospect of what is possible for their child with hearing loss, are such amazing and incredible moments. Moments that I never tire of experiencing 25 years on. I am also greatly honoured by the recognition that I have received over the years, specifically I refer to the great honour of being recognised as ...

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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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