Hear and Say are paediatric hearing loss and speech development experts.

Hear and Say Research Programs

Current and on-going projects

Outcomes for children with hearing loss who received early auditory verbal therapy (AVT)

Sound Outcomes: The speech and language development of young children with hearing loss educated with a listening and spoken language approach at a First Voice Centre in Australia and New Zealand.  

Hear and Say, The Shepherd Centre, Taralye, Cora Barclay, Telethon Speech and Hearing, The Hearing House.

This ongoing multi-site single-arm study examines the effectiveness of early AVT by measuring the development of speech and language skills in all children enrolled in early intervention in a First Voice Centre.

Literacy development in children with cochlear implants.

Nicola Bell (PhD candidate), Dr Anthony Angwin, Dr Wendy Arnott, Associate Professor Wayne Wilson (2015).

The University of Queensland and Hear and Say.

This series of prospective studies compares the language, reading, and spelling skills and subskills of 6-8 year old children with cochlear implants who received early AVT to chronological and mental-age matched controls using behavioural and neurophysiological research methods.

Academic outcomes for children with hearing loss who communicate with spoken language

Dr Wendy Arnott, Emma Rushbrooke, Claire Zhang, Emma Shaw, Nicola Bell (2016).

Hear and Say and The University of Queensland.

This ongoing retrospective study compares the academic performance of children with hearing loss who have received early AVT to grade-matched control children using Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 NAPLAN results

Long term literacy outcomes for children receive CI(s) younger than 12 months.

Dr Shani Dettman, Dr Wendy Arnott, Aleisha Davis, Professor Robert Cowan (2016).

HEARing CRC, University of Melbourne, Hear and Say, The Shepherd Centre.

This study, commencing in 2016, examines the literacy skills of adolescents aged 11 to 18 years who received a cochlear implant under 12 months of age.

Music Education and Auditory Processing in Children with Hearing Loss

Eloise Doherty (PhD student), Professor Margaret Barrett, Associate Professor Wayne Wilson (2017).

The University of Queensland.

This PhD study examines the impact of instrumental music education on the auditory processing skills of children with congenital, bilateral, sensory hearing loss, who wear bilateral hearing aids and have been educated using Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

 

Hearing loss and language development

Seeds of language development: Development of hearing impaired infants’ speech perception and vocalisation over the first three years of life.

Professor Denis Burnham, Dr Marina Kalashnikova, Dr Benjawan Kasisopa (2017).

HEARing CRC, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University and Hear and Say.

This study examines early parent/child interactions and their impact on child language and literacy outcomes.

 

Unilateral hearing loss and single-sided deafness (SSD)

Cochlear implantation in children with single-sided deafness: listening and language outcomes

Anna Hyland, Emma Rushbrooke, Dr Wendy Arnott. (2017)

Hear and Say

This single arm pre/post retrospective study design using previously collected clinical data to measure the impact of cochlear implantation on the listening and language skills of children with SSD. The study also explores the impact of pre vs postlingual deafness.

Language, academic, and quality of life outcomes for children with atresia

Anna Hyland, Emma Rushbrooke, Simone Cheadle, Dr Wendy Arnott (2017).

Hear and Say

This study examines a range of factors including academic performance, language performance, non-verbal mental ability, and quality of life in 6-12 year old children with atresia and compares the group’s performance to a matched control group of typically developing children.

Funded by a 2017 Perpetual Impact grant.

Patient preference research in ear reconstruction. What do patients want?

Dr Joseph Dusseldorp, Dr Matthew Naunheim, Dr Nate Jowett, Dr Olivia Quatela (2018).

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

This study seeks to understand what is important to the parents of children with microtia when choosing surgical intervention.

3D Ear Morphology Acquisition Program (Futurehear)

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff Dr Dimity Dornan, Dr. Wendy Arnott, Dr. Sean Powell, Rena Cruz, Maureen Ross, Matthew Lanaro, Jacob Drinkwater (2017).

Queensland University of Technology and Hear and Say.

The aim of this project is to create a realistic and affordable prosthetic ear for children with microtia using 3D printing & biofabrication.

Partially funded by a 2016 Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant.

 

Service delivery and telepractice

Improving hearing healthcare access and outcomes

Professor Louise Hickson, Dr Monique Waite, Dr Carly Meyer, Dr Nerina Scarinci, Dr Caitlin Grenness, Dr Katie Ekberg, Professor Robert Cowan, Emma Rushbrooke (2016)

HEARing CRC, University of Queensland, Hear and Say

This mixed method study comprises two phases 1. examining the family-centredness of telepractice intervention and 2. Developing a decision-making tool to help families choose mode of service delivery (telepractice or in-centre).

Validation of telehealth cochlear implant mapping and speech perception testing across the lifespan

Professor Trevor Russell, Professor Louise Hickson, Professor Deborah Theodoros, Dr Annie J Hill, Dr Monique Waite, Dr Dimity Dornan, Dr Wendy Arnott, Emma Rushbrooke, Karen Pedley, Dr Rob Eikelboom, Gemma Upson (2016)

University of Queensland, Hear and Say, Attune, Ear Science Institute.

The project explores the benefit of remote CI mapping and support services across the lifespan and how these services may be implemented into practice with the aim of establishing best practice for telemapping and e-speech perception in both children and adults with hearing loss.

Using asynchronous telepractice to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of speech pathology services for children with Down syndrome

Dr Carly Meyer, Dr Brooke Ryan, Dr Anne Hill, Jaycie Bohan, Professor Louise Hickson (2017)

University of Queensland

This study aims to develop a secure web-based portal for families of children with Down syndrome.

 

Improving therapeutic outcomes for children with hearing loss

Patient- and Family-Centred Care for Young Adults with Hearing Loss and their Family Members

David Allen (PhD student), Dr Nerina Scarinci, Professor Louise Hickson (2017)

HEARing CRC, University of Queensland

This PhD study explores what young people (16-25 years) with hearing losses think about themselves, their lives, their families, and their experiences of hearing services.

Going digital: Enabling caregivers to optimize the linguistic environment for children with significant HL

Dawn Choo (PhD student), Dr Shani Dettman, Professor Richard Dowell, Professor Robert Cowan, Dr Wendy Arnott, Emma Rushbrooke (2016)

HEARing CRC, University of Melbourne, Hear and Say

This PhD study examines the impact of intervention involving the LENA recording device and a parent education app on child outcomes.

Predicting the normal language development of children with hearing loss

Man Fai Sio (SpPath Honours), Dr Wendy Arnott, Emma Rushbrooke (2018)

The University of Queensland, Hear and Say

This clinical research study examines the length of time needed for children identified with hearing loss via Universal Newborn Hearing Screening to develop age-appropriate language skills after commencing listening and spoken language intervention (Auditory-Verbal Therapy or AVT) and whether it is possible to predict the children who fail to develop age-appropriate skills during this time period.

Predictors of language outcomes for children with hearing loss.

Dr Wendy Pearce, Dr Michael Steele, Dr Diane Jacobs, Dr Wendy Arnott (2018)

Australian Catholic University, Hear and Say

This research project aims to determine predictors of language outcomes at 5 years of age for Australian children with hearing loss who received early Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT).

 

Child speech and language development

Little Voices Matter: The Relationship Between Prelinguistic Skills,  Brain Development, Parent-Child Interaction, and Emergent Language Abilities in Infants Born Very Preterm

Dr Kieran Flanagan, Professor Margo Pritchard, Dr Samudragupta Bora, Associate Professor Helen Liley, Dr Helen Haydon, Dr Wendy Arnott (2017)

Mater Health, Australian Catholic University, Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Hear and Say and the Preterm Infants’ Parents’ Association.

This prospective study utilises the LENA device to examine the relationship between parent/child interactions and the listening environment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and child speech and language development.

 

Completed projects

Outcomes of an early Auditory-Verbal Therapy program for young children with hearing loss.

Dr Gabriella Constantinescu, Dr Dimity Dornan, Emma Rushbrooke (2014).

Hear and Say

This single arm study examined the language development and rate of progress for a group of 26 young children who were identified with hearing loss via Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, and who were optimally amplified with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and enrolled in an AVT program before the age of 12 months.

Outcomes for Young Children with Hearing Loss in an Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program

Dr Dimity Dornan, Professor Louise Hickson, Professor Bruce Murdoch, Dr Todd Houston (2010).

The University of Queensland and Hear and Say.

This doctoral program of research compared the outcomes of an AVT program for a group of children with hearing loss (AVT group) to a control group of children with typical hearing matched for language age (TH group) in a longitudinal study over 50 months.

The speech and language development and social inclusion of young children with hearing loss educated with a listening and spoken language approach at a First Voice Centre in Australia and New Zealand.

This study benchmarked the social inclusion of children with hearing loss aged 4-5 years to children with typical hearing from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and examined the impact of the spoken language skills of the children with hearing loss on their social inclusion.

Dr Gabriella Constantinescu, Dr Rebecca Phillips, Aleisha Davis, Dr Dimity Dornan, Professor Anthony Hogan.

Hear and Say, The Shepherd Centre, Taralye, Cora Barclay, Telethon Speech and Hearing, The Hearing House, Australian National University, University of Canberra.

Funded by a 2010 Telstra Foundation Grant

Remote MAPping for Children with Cochlear Implants

Emma Rushbrooke (MPhil), Professor Louise Hickson, Professor Trevor Russell (2012)

University of Queensland, Hear and Say

This Masters of Philosophy program of research examined the validity of remote MAPping of cochlear implants via the Internet for different age groups.

Auditory verbal therapy and telepractice

Dr Gabriella Constantinescu, Dr Monique Waite, Dr Dimity Dornan, Emma Rushbrooke, Jackie Brown, Jane McGovern, Michelle Ryan and Dr Anne Hill (2012)

Hear and Say, University of Queensland

This program of research examined the effectiveness of a tele-AVT programme (eAVT) young children with hearing loss. Effectiveness was examined as a function of children’s spoken language development and parent and therapist satisfaction with the telemedicine sessions.

Visual attentional control and capture in children who use a cochlear implant.

Dr Marc Kamke, Dr Jeanette Van Luyn, Dr Gabriella Constantinescu, G., & Dr Jill Harris

Queensland Brain Institute, Hear and Say

This study investigated whether involuntary attentional capture by salient visual stimuli is altered in children who use a cochlear implant to determine whether deafness-induced changes in visual perception, cognition and attention negatively influence adaptation to a cochlear implant.

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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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