Microtia and Atresia Support Centre
Microtia and atresia are lesser known congenital birth conditions that can impact a child’s hearing. Hear and Say are microtia and atresia specialists and have a range of support services for children and their families.
Established in 2008, the Australian Microtia and Atresia Support Centre is the only centre of its kind in Australia, bringing together professionals and families through services, support, education and research.
We have a multi-disciplinary team offering specialised services for children with microtia and atresia and their families.
We offer families
- Annual Microtia and Atresia Conference in Brisbane for parents and professionals
- Half-day mini conferences in other cities
- Parent education, training and resources
- Professional support and guidance
- Parent advocacy
- Speech and language assessments and evaluations
- Audiological services
- Early Intervention Program
- Telepractice services for out of town families
- A resilience and wellbeing program for primary school aged children with microtia and atresia
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For more information contact the Australian Support Centre
P: 07 3850 2111
Definitions of Microtia and Atresia
Microtia is an incomplete or underdeveloped external ear. Microtia may affect one ear only (unilateral) or affect both ears (bilateral). It is a congenital condition that occurs in one in 6,000 births world-wide. Microtia is often accompanied by atresia because the baby’s outer ear and the ear canal develop together during pregnancy.
Atresia is the absence of an external ear canal and, in some instances the ear drum and ear bones can also be affected. This means that as there is no canal for sound to travel through, these children are born with a conductive hearing loss.
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.