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"...I often think wow, if she hadn’t received cochlear implants and the years of auditory-verbal therapy she wouldn’t be able to be up there on stage, she wouldn’t be able to hear the music," Alana Dunn, Jaspa's mum When Jaspa Dunn went in for the newborn hearing screening at two days old, her parents Alana and Darcy assumed it would be a routine check as it had been with older brother Riley. So when they were told Jaspa had no response in both ears, they experienced shock and disbelief as they had never anticipated such a result. Alana reflects on those early days, ...
Gina Preston is an ambitous 23 year old girl working in an international engineering project management firm as a multidisciplinary designer. She loves what she does and knows where she wants to go – both in career and in life. She recently bought her first home, is planning her next overseas holiday where she will travel solo across South America and loves listening to music, watching movies and playing sport. But Gina isn’t your typical 23 year old girl because she was born profoundly deaf. Gina’s hearing loss was diagnosed when she was 13 months old. A family friend dropped a ...
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.