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One in seven Australians is impacted by hearing loss – a figure set to rise to one in four by 2060 1

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One to two in every 1,000 babies in Australia is born with a permanent hearing loss, and this doubles by the time children reach school age 2

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Almost half of us know someone with a hearing loss 3

World-leading experts in hearing technology and specialised speech therapy

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For almost 30 years, Hear and Say has been dedicated to opening worlds for people with hearing loss. Our work is shaped around the latest research and hearing technology to best support the needs of children and adults impacted by hearing loss, and empower individuals to live life connected with their communities.

Together with families and health professionals, our specialised speech therapy teaches children to listen and speak so they can reach milestones at the same rate as their peers.

Hear and Say promotes early identification of hearing loss by supporting screening at birth, through our school program and via our hearing services for adults. As a not-for-profit organisation, Hear and Say relies on the generous support of our passionate community, government and philanthropic partners to create impactful and sustainable change.

Vision

A world where everyone has the ability to communicate, connect and live their best lives

Our story

From humble beginnings supporting just six children whose specialist speech therapy was delivered by Dr Dimity Dornan within a spare room in a Brisbane physiotherapy clinic to now working with over 900 children Hear and Say is about to celebrate 30 years of changing lives for babies born deaf or hard of hearing.

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Hearing services

  • Hearing tests for babies, toddlers, children, and adults
  • Hearing aid fitting and management (for adults 26 years and older)
  • Free hearing aids for pensioners and veteran affairs card holders*
  • Cochlear implant services and implantable device assessments
  • Specialised speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Group Social Skills programs
  • Social work
  • Tinnitus assessments
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Custom musician earplugs, noise plugs and swim plugs
  • SoundField speaker systems and classroom acoustics

*Via the government Hearing Services program.

References

1 Deloitte Access Economics. (2017). The social and economic cost of hearing loss in Australia. Hearing Care Industry Association. http://www.hcia.com.au/hcia-wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Social-and-Economic-Cost-of-Hearing-Health-in-Australia_June-2017.pdf

2 Queensland Health. (2020). Screening Protocols and Guidelines 2016 V2. Queensland Health. https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/PDF/healthy-hearing/2017-newborn-prot-guide.pdf

3 Cochlear Ltd. (2019). The State of Hearing Report. https://www.cochlear.com/0b77bb79-d5f6-4afe-9086-fcde0c72ae65/D1591517+4.2+FEB19+Global+state+of+hearing+report+GB_WEB.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO

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2020-21 Annual Report

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