25 years of changing lives, together.

Our History

Hear and Say is one of the leading Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world, teaching children who are deaf to hear, listen and speak for over 25 years.

1992-1997

Hear and Say is founded and officially opens in Brisbane on 6 July 1992. The centre grows from six to 30 children. In 1997, Telepractice makes Hear and Say operations truly Queensland (and world) wide, with the capacity to support regional and remote families.

1998-2001

Centres open in Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Cairns supporting a growing number of children and their families.

Parent Education becomes a standard part of Hear and Say’s program delivery.

2002-2005

Now supporting 169 Queensland children and families, Hear and Say opens centres on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children is assimilated into Hear and Say, boosting families’ access to Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

2006-2007

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening is rolled out for the first time across Queensland in 2006. The world-first Hearing Health Team Education Program, Hear and Say WorldWide, launches in 2007, educating professionals about hearing loss in babies and young children.

2008-2011

Hear and Say now supports more than 550 children with hearing loss and their families across Queensland. In 2010, another office in Toowoomba opens and in mid-2011, plans to build a new Head Office in Brisbane are announced.

2012-2013

Hear and Say celebrates 20 years of operation and purchases land for the Head Office centre in Ashgrove, Brisbane. The Centre’s reach expands interstate to NSW and the NT as well as internationally to Papua New Guinea and Qatar.

2014-2015

Construction of the new Brisbane Head Office begins in 2014. Founder, Dimity Dornan, receives an Order of Australia and after 16 years, Hear and Say says goodbye to the Auchenflower office and moves to Ashgrove.

2016-2017

Hear and Say celebrates 25 years, supporting 900 children annually, and an additional 10,000 Prep students per year via a School Hearing Screening Program. A building in Toowoomba is purchased for a new centre to open in late 2017.

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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