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1,000 Reasons to Celebrate School Hearing Screening

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 happy with the service that Hear and Say have provided each and every year,” said Windsor State School Principal, Grant Baker.


With school classrooms typically being very busy and noisy environments, leaving any hearing or ear health issues undiagnosed can have significant impact on a child’s ability to learn.

Across the almost 300  schools visited throughout South-East and Central Queensland since the Hear to Learn program began – many with repeat visits – an average 23 per cent of students were found not to be optimally hearing on the day of screening. This includes approximately 13 per cent of students referred for further testing.

“Early detection is key, and the Hear to Learn hearing screening has had great success in working to ensure children with previously unidentified hearing loss and ear health issues are getting the help they need to reach their full learning potential,” said Hear and Say CEO, Chris McCarthy.

“We are thrilled that our screening teams have reached so many students in Queensland across these 1,000 visits, particularly considering the temporary hiatus we faced last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This tremendous milestone is only made possible thanks to the commitment and support of all our participating schools, as well as the philanthropic, government and community partners whose generosity has ensured the continued delivery of this impactful program.”

For more information about the Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program, please click here.



Maia’s Story

At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born. 

The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.

Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.

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