Hear and Say are hearing loss and speech development experts.

Microtia and Atresia

Microtia and atresia are two rare conditions which affect the formation of the ear and ear canal.

Microtia refers to when the external ear is incomplete or underdeveloped. It may affect one ear only (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). It is a congenital condition that occurs in one in 6,000 – 12,000 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 when there is an 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.

Support Centre

Our Microtia and Atresia Support Centre, the only centre of its kind in Australia, provides services, education and training, support and advocacy for families of children born with these conditions.

Our inter-disciplinary team aims to support families in navigating their health journey and assisting them to make informed decisions about their ongoing care and treatment.

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Microtia and Atresia Conferences

The annual Australian Microtia and Atresia Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts in the field of microtia and atresia. Suitable for parents and professionals, the program features:

  • Information to support families in making informed decisions for their child
  • One-on-one consultations with specialists
  • Group Social Skills program fostering resilience and wellbeing

The 2021 Microtia and Atresia Conference will be an online event. All presentations will be recorded and available to view after the event.

Hear and Say also hosts a range of mini conferences to provide specific information and support for families impacted by microtia and atresia.

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Group Social Skills Program

Hear and Say offer a variety of Group Social Skills Programs, inclusive of MARS, specifically designed for children eight to 12 years of age with microtia and atresia.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Many of our services can be funded through NDIS plans.

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Elspeth's story

Amy and Alastair were on a holiday in Melbourne, away from their regional Queensland town and the support network it holds, when Amy unexpectedly faced an emergency birth. Following a complicated pregnancy and now an unplanned caesarean interstate, the young couple felt so grateful to finally hold their little Elspeth in their arms.

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