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Riley's Story

From dancing, craft and swimming, to attending kindy four days each week, three-year-old Riley has plenty of things to keep her busy.

Born with hearing loss in both ears, Riley’s family moved to Australia from Namibia early last year and joined Hear and Say soon after. Riley comes in each week with her mum, Vicky, for listening and spoken language therapy lessons, as well as the LEAP group social skills program.

“We are very proud of how Riley is making wonderful progress in her speech, language and listening development – she is using phrases and short sentences to communicate with her family, friends and teachers,” said Vicky, Riley’s mum.

This Hearing Awareness Week, Vicky took the time to reflect on the importance of being connected to the world through sound.

“It affects every aspect of Riley’s daily life. By giving her better access to sound, she can grow, develop and reach her fullest potential,” said Vicky.

“We also want her to grow up and be able to enjoy what the world has to offer via sound, and while we initially felt confused and worried for Riley’s future, we are now so grateful for the support we have received to date and have at our disposal every day.”

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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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