From the very start Quota Clubs have generously supported Hear and Say, driven by the passion for helping those affected by hearing loss. After a recent meeting with the Quota Club of the Gold Coast, we reflected on the great outcomes we have achieved together, creating opportunities for babies and kids with hearing loss.

“Quota Gold Coast Inc has been working with those who are deaf or hard of hearing since its charter in 1954,” said Christene Pye, Honorary Secretary of Quota Gold Coast.

Following the invention of the cochlear implant, Quota began lobbying the Queensland Government to introduce hearing screening at birth for all babies.

Quota Gold Coast Club

“Every club sent letters to politicians very frequently asking for the program to become adopted in Queensland – needless to say, this did not happen overnight,” said Christene.

At this time Hear and Say’s Founder, Dr Dimity Dornan AO, was also working closely with Quota to help ensure hearing loss was detected as early as possible.

“We knew how critical those early years were for babies brain development, it was a milestone achievement when the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program was rolled out across the state in 2004. It allowed us to identify hearing loss quickly and give babies born deaf the opportunity to hear and speak along with their siblings and peers. We are forever grateful to Quota for their hard work in ensuring this result,” said Dimity.

Jumping forward 30 years and Quota Gold Coast are still right by our side, participating in Loud Shirt Day, donating much-needed resources for therapy lessons, and holding fundraisers.

“At one of these functions we were thrilled to have Cruz, a young man with a cochlear implant, as the guest speaker. It was such a thrill to see a young boy speak so well in front of a crowd,” said Christene.

It’s not a job-well-done just yet though, with Quota’s support for hearing screening continuing, now for older children.

“We were truly shocked find out such a large percentage of children who passed the infant screening are then found to have hearing issues by the time they reach school,” said Christene.

In fact, the instances of hearing loss doubles by the time children reach school age1 and it’s this reason our Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program exists - to ensure no child falls through the cracks.

Recently Quota Gold Coast made a generous $2,000 donation that can fund the hearing screening of about 80 students. It takes a village to ensure children are not limited by their hearing loss and we are certainly grateful to have Quota Gold Coast in our community.

1The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. (2017). Retrieved from HCIA website: https://www.hcia.com.au/hcia-wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Social-and-Economic-Cost-of-Hearing-Health-in-Australia_June-2017.pdf

Find out how you can help children impacted by hearing loss

Give back today
Hi Ue Illustration Bg

News

Get the latest updates...

Keep up-to-date with our latest news, information, events and more.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Logo

Loud Shirt Day

Get loud for the thousands of children with hearing loss. Taking part is easy – all you need is a loud shirt!

2020-21 Annual Report

Read about the 300 babies born with hearing loss in Australia each year, and how Hear and Say continued to change lives this year.

Changing lives, together

Your gift will help deliver critical services, so babies born deaf can hear their parents say, “I love you.”

Workplace giving

“The program gives our staff a sense of pride in the company and for the work they do at Sci-Fleet." – Allison Scifleet, Guest Experience Manager, Sci-Fleet Motors.

Spotlight on single-sided deafness

“This research project is very exciting because it helps to show that children who receive a cochlear implant for single-sided deafness saw significant improvements in their day-to-day hearing abilities, which are maintained over time."

Cycling and hearing loss: staying safe on the roads

“People kept mentioning to me that I was missing parts of conversations, and in crowded environments I was finding it very difficult to hear and engage with others."

Share This

Select your desired option below to share a direct link to this page.
Your friends or family will thank you later.