Hear and Say has delivered its second round of the Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program to primary schools in Central Queensland.
Delivered in partnership with the program’s founding regional partner, Thiess, the screening program tested the hearing of more than 330 students across 10 schools in the Bowen Basin.
For the first time, the program visited students in Moranbah, Comet, Bluff, Dingo and Banana, and returned to schools in Collinsville, Scottville and Dysart.
Across the 10 schools visited, an average of 23.5% of students were found to be experiencing a hearing or ear health issue that require a follow-up with a GP, a hearing test, or further monitoring by the parent.
A child’s hearing can change over time having a significant impact on the child’s speech, language, education development and behaviour. Regular hearing assessments can result in the early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and improve the social and academic outcomes for children.
“It was a wonderful experience for the team from Hear and Say to visit the students of Banana State School, to deliver their Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program. The sense of hearing is vital to all young children in their learning journey, and if there are problems that go undetected this can result in considerable learning difficulties. This was a fantastic bonus for parents as well as they did not have to travel to have this assessment done for their children. We’d love to express our gratitude to the Hear to Learn team and the program’s sponsor, Thiess.” – Elaine Pelling, Principal, Banana State School
Hear and Say and Thiess first brought Hear to Learn to the Bowen Basin in 2017, which saw more than 600 students have their hearing screened. Thiess supports the early screening, diagnosis and treatment of hearing issues in young school children, to improve academic performance and social interaction. Supporting education programs in our local communities is a core focus of the Thiess’ CARE program.