News and Stories
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 ...
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 ...
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.