Hear and Say is a world-leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centre. We have been teaching deaf children to listen and speak since 6 July, 1992.
Founded by Brisbane Speech Pathologist Dr Dimity Dornan AO, Hear and Say’s name was chosen to emphasise that children living with hearing loss can learn to listen and speak. Our blue butterfly logo is a symbol of the deafness our children overcome, as butterflies can’t hear.
Hear and Say now employs more than 60 staff across five centres around Queensland, and via a Telepractice Program serves rural, remote and international children and families.
We work with more than 900 children enrolled in our targeted Early Intervention Program, provide specialist support through our Cochlear Implant Program, and deliver our school hearing screening Program, Hear to Learn, to more than 10,000 school students each year.
Our clinical services encompass Audiology, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Programs, and Listening and Spoken Language Therapy. Hear and Say is also the only centre in Australia to run a Program dedicated to the rare conditions Microtia and Atresia.
We are proud to partner with local Auditory-Verbal centres through our First Voice Alliance. Hear and Say also collaborates internationally through our Research and Innovation division. We also offer professional development accreditation courses which are facilitated through Hear and Say Worldwide.
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.