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Microtia and Atresia Support Centre

Microtia and atresia are lesser known congenital birth defects that can impact on a child’s hearing. Hear and Say are microtia and atresia experts and have a range of support services children and their families.

Hear and Say established the Australian Microtia and Atresia Support Centre and have a microtia and atresia program.

Established in 2008, the Australian Microtia and Atresia Support Centre is one of a kind in Australia, bringing together experts and families through support, education and research.

Hear and Say also hosts the only annual Australian Microtia and Atresia Conference at our Brisbane centre. World leaders and experts in the field come together for a weekend of workshops, conferences and consultations to support and educate both parents and professionals.

2019 Microtia and Atresia Conference – Brisbane 

2019 Microtia and Atresia Mini Conference – Sydney 


To contact the Australian Support Centre call (07) 3850 2111 or email microtia.atresia@hearandsay.com.au

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Definitions of Microtia and Atresia


This congenital disorder occurs in one in 6,000 births world-wide. It causes a deformity of one or both ears in which the outer ear is underdeveloped or absent. Microtia is almost always 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 many 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.

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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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