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Taj’s Story

It’s ironic how deafening the words,

“Your child has a hearing loss” can be. 

Taj was two months old when he was diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears. I was so fortunate my mum was there for that appointment, when I could no longer hear anything. I had switched off from information overload and my mind contemplated what the future held for our baby boy.

I’m an optimistic person, so when Taj failed each hearing test, I honestly believed everything was fine and he just had fluid in his ears. But this wasn’t the case and my bubble of positivity popped.


We had never had anything to do with hearing impairment, and even in my 12 years of teaching I had hardly come across any children with hearing loss. So, during the tumultuous couple of months of appointments after Taj was diagnosed, I had no idea where to start and what to choose.

Hear and Say was one of the options given to us and after just one phone call, I was so impressed that we enrolled Taj straight away.


During the first five years at Hear and Say, Taj progressed in leaps and bounds. He said his first word, hello at ten months old and hasn’t stopped talking since! We’ve actually had a number of people comment that they can’t believe he has hearing loss because he doesn’t stop talking!

Taj is now a Prep student and has dived head first into school life. He is confident, extremely social and his teachers are blown away by Taj’s expressive and receptive language.

They say; “It takes a village to raise a child”. I thank Hear and Say constantly for being part of our village and contributing to the amazing little boy Taj has become.

– Kelly, Taj’s mum


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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