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 her 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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Upcoming Events

Online 12th Australian Microtia and Atresia Conference

Date: Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September, 2020

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Hear and Say is proud to present this two-day online conference featuring a comprehensive range of topics related to microtia and atresia, presented by leading international and Australian specialists. Suitable for both families and health professionals, the conference can be viewed live online, or via recordings after the event.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) FAQs

Your questions regarding NDIS and our Conferences answered – read about how you can manage your NDIS, the conference costs and more.

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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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Online education

Watch presentations from experts at the 2019 Microtia and Atresia Conference in Brisbane. These presentation recordings cover auditory development, hearing intervention options, ear reconstruction options, and a parent and patient panel.

For Families

Cost: $395 (6.75 hours parent training). This can be funded through your NDIS plan – please contact us if you would like to discuss funding.


For Professionals

Continuing Professional Development points

Professional development points are available for audiologists (CPD points) and Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (CEU points). It is a requirement that you complete and submit the necessary paperwork below to be eligible for professional development points.

  • Audiology Australia CPD points – 6.25 (approval no. CPD1920 019)
  • AG Bell CEU points also available.

Cost: $87.50 each. Please note, they must be viewed and paid as two separate sessions. Both must be purchased to be eligible for CPD points.

Morning session register

Afternoon session register 

Audiology Australia forms

Please download, complete and return the following forms to claim your CPD points.


Evaluation form