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Rosa Barwick

From psychology and exercise science, to environmental studies and graphic design – for 19-year-old Rosa, the world is her oyster when it comes to deciding which career path to follow.

“I have had many career aspirations both in sporting and creative fields, but I don’t yet know what I see myself pursuing in the future,” said Rosa, who has recently completed her first year of a Bachelor of Design at Griffith University.

“With my current course I’ll likely choose graphic design as my major for next year, and see where that takes me.”

Rosa’s profound hearing loss, resulting from extreme prematurity at birth, led to her receiving her first cochlear implant at 18-months-old, followed by a second implant on her left side at seven-years-old.

Hearing technology has come a long way from Rosa’s first speech processor almost two decades ago, which Rosa recalls was the size of a piece of bread and she wore it in small embroidered backpacks made lovingly by her mum. Fast forward to the present day, and Rosa’s current speech processors are small and light, sitting neatly under her hair.

“Having been given the opportunity to  learn how to hear, listen and speak from a very young age has allowed me to attend mainstream school and lead a strong and independent lifestyle,” said Rosa.

“Through learning speech and communication skills I can speak clearly  and interact confidently in social situation, particularly with my friends as most of them have typical hearing. I am forever grateful for all the help I have received from Hear and Say as a child and now into my young adult life.”

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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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