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Our Noisy World

Wednesday 25 April is International Noise Awareness Day. A reminder to us to be more aware of the noise that we are subjected to as a part of day to day living.

Stop and listen, how noisy is the world around you right now? In our daily routine we are constantly bombarded by noise, and for many of us that noise can cause stress, as well as impact on our hearing.

Whether it be at work, at your local café or restaurant, or around the home and in the garden, ignoring excessive levels of noise can put you at risk. 

And it’s not just you who can be impacted, children too may suffer from noise induced hearing loss, or simply find that excess noise is making it too difficult for them to concentrate and learn. This could be in the classroom, at home, or in other social settings.

The good news is, noise induced hearing loss is a highly preventable condition, and there are steps that you can take today to address excess noise in your environment.

As a part of World Hearing Day on the 3 March, Hear and Say launched Love your Ears’, a campaign that seeks to raise awareness, and provide steps to avoid hearing induced hearing loss.

One such step is to wear ear protection such as Happy Ears when in noisy environments such as music concerts or when using the lawn mower. Happy Ears comes in three sizes, which means the small size is perfect for the children to use too.

Happy Ears are an improvement on ordinary ear plugs that tend to muffle or make sound seem ‘tinny’.  Happy Ears provides the best of both worlds, protecting your ears from harmful noise, while also retaining good sound quality and feeling.

And in a ‘win-win’ for everyone, with every purchase of Happy Ears using this link, 25% of the $20 cost will be donated back to Hear and Say.

So, what’s stopping you from ‘Loving your Ears’?

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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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