Experts in hearing technology and highly specialised speech therapy

Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants – What’s the Difference?
Back Of Women's Head With Cochlear Implant

Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants – What’s the Difference?

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are both excellent hearing solutions for people who are deaf or with residual hearing. The...
Energetic Elias Takes on The World
Elias With His Family

Energetic Elias Takes on The World

Like many four-year-olds, Elias is full of energy! At one month old, Elias was diagnosed with hearing loss but he...
“Her speech and language blows us away every day”
Emily With A Lamb

“Her speech and language blows us away every day”

Enthusiastic Loud Shirt Day and Loudest Town participants Kerryn and Sam from the small town of Aramac,120 kilometres west of...
A Shared Hearing Milestone for Townsville Twins
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A Shared Hearing Milestone for Townsville Twins

Townsville twins Marley and Sienna share a love of swimming and gaming. Now 10-years-old and attending their local school, both...
“Loud shirt day is a fabulous campaign for a great cause that’s very close to my family’s heart.”
Edie Smiling

“Loud shirt day is a fabulous campaign for a great cause that’s very close to my family’s heart.”

Parents Jess and Nick passionately raise awareness and funds so children who are born deaf can hear and speak, just...
Willow is Learning to Hear and Speak
Willow At The Beach

Willow is Learning to Hear and Speak

“We’re so excited to see Willow develop her speech with the beautiful gift of cochlear implants.” – Ami, mum to...
“We made sure Will’s hearing loss didn’t define who he was”
Will At Sports Carnival

“We made sure Will’s hearing loss didn’t define who he was”

“He’s an active, funny, sporty likeable kid who just happens to have a hearing loss. He doesn’t let his hearing...
Hear and Now: Meet Ruby
Ruby With Her Parents

Hear and Now: Meet Ruby

“I love being able to hear and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve always felt and believed that my...
Elspeth is a Little Mermaid Who is Smashing Hearing Goals
Elspeth At The Beach

Elspeth is a Little Mermaid Who is Smashing Hearing Goals

Elspeth is a four-year-old who is thriving at pre-prep, but it has been a journey for her and her family...
Georgia’s Incredible Vocabulary
Georgia

Georgia’s Incredible Vocabulary

From singing along with Disney Princess Moana, to gymnastics lessons, to exploring outside with her friends at Kindy – Georgia...
Hear and Now: Julia’s Story
Julia Overseas

Hear and Now: Julia’s Story

Julia has the world at her fingertips – growing up in Brisbane, now she works as a senior manager of...
Freya’s Story: Newfound Confidence Thanks To Speech Therapy
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Freya’s Story: Newfound Confidence Thanks To Speech Therapy

Two-year-old Freya from Townsville is quite the ballerina, off to the local studio each week, performing on stage at concerts...
A World of Hearing and Opportunity for Charlie
Charlie

A World of Hearing and Opportunity for Charlie

Charlie is always up for a challenge or a game – at just eight years old he is an all-rounder...
Lily is Passionate about Representation in Sport
Lily

Lily is Passionate about Representation in Sport

Lily has represented Queensland for gymnastics, swimming, and athletics. She is also passionate about music, song writing, travel and raising...
Singing, Dancing, Cooking – Bláthnaid Can Hear it all
Blathnaid And Her Family

Singing, Dancing, Cooking – Bláthnaid Can Hear it all

Bláthnaid loves playing with her kitchen and dolls, and her “babies” are very well dressed and fed! At two-years-old, Bláthnaid...
Vivek has the Power of Speech
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Vivek has the Power of Speech

Fourteen-year-old Vivek most definitely fits the bill of an allrounder, he loves all kinds of sport, from cricket to soccer...
Hear and Now: Meet Jessica
Jess

Hear and Now: Meet Jessica

Newly graduated from a nursing degree, a lifelong drive has shaped 21-year-old Jessica’s professional goals. “I have always had a...
Reconnection to Family with Better Hearing
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Reconnection to Family with Better Hearing

With many of his loved ones living interstate, not being able to hear well on the phone wasn’t an option...
Saskia Gives Back to Kids with Hearing Loss
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Saskia Gives Back to Kids with Hearing Loss

Despite the gruelling schedule of Year 12, working at a local pharmacy and keeping up with her favourite sports of...
Why I Support Hear and Say: A Mother’s Story
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Why I Support Hear and Say: A Mother’s Story

Tina Worland knows firsthand the impact of Hear and Say’s work, having had two children born deaf who have gone...
Speech and Hearing Support from the Start
Lola

Speech and Hearing Support from the Start

With a love of the outdoors and the beach, one-year-old Lola would be hard pressed to find a better place...
Siblings Shine in Sunny North Queensland
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Siblings Shine in Sunny North Queensland

It’s the classic science experiment that’s been thrilling students for decades: turning everyday pantry staples into an erupting volcano. For...
It’s No Rocky Start for Six-Year-Old Evie
Evie

It’s No Rocky Start for Six-Year-Old Evie

For Rockhampton parents Renee and Jacob, finding out their baby girl had been born with hearing loss six years ago...
Grandmother’s Gift of Hearing
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Grandmother’s Gift of Hearing

With a career spanning five decades working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, Jackie Brown’s personal hearing...
Pictures Painting 1,000 Words
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Pictures Painting 1,000 Words

From digital imagery of a baby’s brain “hearing” for the first time; to photos of Hear and Say children across...
Audiology Support Straight from the Lounge Room
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Audiology Support Straight from the Lounge Room

Living over 800 kilometres from her hometown of Brisbane, a visit to Hear and Say brings a lot of nostalgia...
Better Hearing for Bruce
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Better Hearing for Bruce

Information technology specialist, Bruce Eagle is one of the two-thirds of Australians who suffer from tinnitus at some point in...
Sound Support for Ten-Year-Old Tinkerer
Benjamin

Sound Support for Ten-Year-Old Tinkerer

Year Six student Benjamin is fascinated by all things mechanical and electronic – meaning his high-tech hearing device is a...
James Lives Loud and Proud
James

James Lives Loud and Proud

With seven months now passed since his cochlear implant was first switched onto sound, two-year-old James has been living life...
Setting the Scene for Success
Zoe

Setting the Scene for Success

From the bustle of a filmset to watching playbacks in an editing room, young filmmaker Zoe couldn’t imagine a world...
A Tale Just Beginning
Max Reading With Grandma

A Tale Just Beginning

He’s not even three years old, and already Max knows the power of a good story. “Max loves dinosaurs, trucks...
Welcoming Our New CEO
Greg

Welcoming Our New CEO

We welcome our recently appointed CEO, Greg Elphinston, who started with the organisation in January. Greg brings experience from a...
Outcomes for Adults with Cochlear Implants
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Outcomes for Adults with Cochlear Implants

At Hear and Say we strive to improve the outcomes and possibilities for people with hearing loss, and to do...
Meet our Team: Josh McVeigh, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist
Josh Mcveigh

Meet our Team: Josh McVeigh, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist

One of the core elements of what we do at Hear and Say is supporting children to hear and speak,...
Changing Lives with Quota Gold Coast
Quota Gold Coast Club

Changing Lives with Quota Gold Coast

From the very start Quota Clubs have generously supported Hear and Say, driven by the passion for helping those affected...
Together We Can Do So Much
Maureen Stevenson

Together We Can Do So Much

There are so many heart-warming moments at Hear and Say each day, from babies hearing for the very first time,...
A World Full of Sound and Opportunity for Mateo
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A World Full of Sound and Opportunity for Mateo

Mateo might be less than one year old, but he is already a social butterfly, loving being around people, giving...
30 Years of Hear and Say
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30 Years of Hear and Say

As Hear and Say celebrates its 30th year, Executive Director and Founder, Dr Dimity Dornan AO, reflects on all that...
A Family’s Journey with Hearing Loss
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A Family’s Journey with Hearing Loss

Playing musical instruments (especially the drums!), building sandcastles at the beach, playing with balls at the park, and exploring push-pull-slide books are amongst some of one-year-old Riaan’s go-to...
The Sky’s the limit with Sci-Fleet by Our Side
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The Sky’s the limit with Sci-Fleet by Our Side

Hear and Say has achieved great heights thanks to incredible organisations like Sci-Fleet Motors, with this wonderful partnership starting in...
Claudia’s World of Opportunity
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Claudia’s World of Opportunity

After graduating high school in 2020, 19-year-old Claudia took six months off to see what life was like outside of...
A World of Play and Sound for Tommy
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A World of Play and Sound for Tommy

Twenty-month-old Tommy is a busy bee with his days filled with playing dress ups, climbing on the playgrounds and zooming...
Sibling duo raise awareness for hearing loss
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Sibling duo raise awareness for hearing loss

Nothing gets in the way of Max doing his favourite things – from playing sport to riding his bike and...
Hearing and Speech Goes Hand in Hand
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Hearing and Speech Goes Hand in Hand

Working as an audiologist in a university-based clinic, Roisin Higgins is uniquely equipped in her work teaching students and clients...
Improving Your Toddler’s Speech Development
Toddler Reading Box With Adult

Improving Your Toddler’s Speech Development

Like other developmental milestones, children learn to speak at varying ages. However, as Head of Listening and Spoken Language, Lynda...
World of Possibilities for Cohen
Cohen

World of Possibilities for Cohen

From a newborn hearing screening result, to a GP’s referral, to word of mouth and everything in between, families come...
1,000 Reasons to Celebrate School Hearing Screening
Child Having Their Hearing Screened

1,000 Reasons to Celebrate School Hearing Screening

Another milestone has been chalked up for our Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening program, with our 1,000th school...
Adventuring Ayla
Ayla

Adventuring Ayla

A love of adventure is well and truly planted in 11-month-old Ayla, who already delights in playing outside, getting dirty...
Great Hearing Fit for the Great Outdoors
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Great Hearing Fit for the Great Outdoors

Whether it’s racing around the soccer field, enjoying nature on a camping trip or chatting with mates in the playground,...
Distance No Barrier for Telehealth Audiology
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Distance No Barrier for Telehealth Audiology

You only need to skim the hundreds of videos on YouTube to understand the special milestone when a child’s cochlear...
Hear and Now: Meet Kshish
Kshish

Hear and Now: Meet Kshish

A love of storytelling and creativity has come alive for 23-year-old, Kshish. Having graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor...
Hear and Now: Meet Jamie
Jamie

Hear and Now: Meet Jamie

Nineteen-year-old Jamie Booth has been a “fighter from the beginning”. Born 14 weeks premature and clocking in at just over...
Glowing Reports for STAR
Lucy

Glowing Reports for STAR

For 16-year-old Lucy, there was much to reminisce about when coming back to participate in the STAR Group Social Skills...
What is Auditory Deprivation?
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What is Auditory Deprivation?

If you don’t currently use hearing technology but fall into the group of one in six Australians now living with...
Hear and Now: Meet Dylan
Dylan (right) With Friends

Hear and Now: Meet Dylan

G’day, my name is Dylan and I am 22 years old. I love basketball, swimming and anything sports related. I...
Clarity and Confidence for Busy Working Mum
Lady Smiling

Clarity and Confidence for Busy Working Mum

As a senior finance manager and mum of two girls, Jackie Taylor knows all about juggling the many demands of...
Sound check on hearing aids
John Montgomery

Sound check on hearing aids

For Dr John Montgomery, past experience with hearing aids had left him feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. “I had seen another...
Healthy Hearing Message Doesn’t Fall on Deaf Ears
Brian

Healthy Hearing Message Doesn’t Fall on Deaf Ears

With over 50 years working as a cabinetmaker under his belt, 83-year-old Brian is enjoying an active retirement spending time...
From Midwifery to Speech Therapy: it’s all in the Delivery
Siena With Flowers

From Midwifery to Speech Therapy: it’s all in the Delivery

Amidst a global pandemic, 19-year-old Siena moved out of home for the first time, settled into life at university college,...
Outback but not out of Service
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Outback but not out of Service

From the peaceful serenity of sunrise, to unique birdcalls and the bellow of cattle, the sounds of rural life are...
Managing Noise in the Classroom
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Managing Noise in the Classroom

Children with any degree of hearing loss may have trouble hearing when surrounded by noise – be it permanent deafness...
What to do about Glue Ear
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What to do about Glue Ear

Ear infections found in the middle ear are known as otitis media or ‘glue ear’, with research suggesting 75 per...
Amazing Grace
Grace

Amazing Grace

In a year full of challenges, it ended on a high note for nine-year-old, Grace. The year three student was...
Hear and Now: Meet Nick
Nick Travelling

Hear and Now: Meet Nick

It’s been only five years since 27-year-old, Nick graduated with his degree in industrial design, but it’s a career that...
Hear and Now: Meet Maria
Maria

Hear and Now: Meet Maria

From studying a Bachelor of Design and a Bachelor of Business, to working as a marketing assistant – it’s fair...
Levelling the Score with Better Hearing
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Levelling the Score with Better Hearing

With a decades-long career in sports administration – including officiating at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics wheelchair rugby – Stan Battock’s...
Swell Success for Coast Teen
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Swell Success for Coast Teen

Anywhere out in the sunshine or with saltwater in her hair is 13-year-old Emily’s self-declared happy place. From surfing with...
Finn’s Gift of Sound
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Finn’s Gift of Sound

When Finn’s hearing loss was picked up through the newborn hearing screening program only days after birth, it was a...
Hear and Say Accessibility Statement
Hear and Say Accessibility Statement

Hear and Say Accessibility Statement

Updated: December 2021. General Hear and Say strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities. Hear...
Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self
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Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self

For 17-year-old Saskia, taking on a mentoring role at Hear and Say’s COMET Group Social Skills program has given her time...
Handling the Holidays with Hearing Loss
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Handling the Holidays with Hearing Loss

While the festive season brings with it plenty of cheer, it can also be a challenging time for people with...
Hear and Now: Meet Megan
Megan Rowe

Hear and Now: Meet Megan

As one of the first children to attend Hear and Say back in 1992, Megan has witnessed the radical changes...
Helping a Loved One with Hearing Loss
Helping a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Helping a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Have you noticed you’re constantly repeating yourself to a loved one? Is the volume of their television, radio or tablet...
Sweet Success for Sophie
Sophie Wearing Hearing Aids

Sweet Success for Sophie

Sophie may only be three years old, but she is already a big help in the kitchen. From her home...
Violet Blossoming
Violet With Orange Balloon

Violet Blossoming

With days packed full of favourite activities including trips to the beach and dancing to The Wiggles, the holidays have...
Regional Queensland Listens Up for Hearing Health
Aria

Regional Queensland Listens Up for Hearing Health

Growing up in the regional town of Moranbah, about 190kms southwest of Mackay, eight-year-old Aria loves her two staffies and...
Ella Goes Wild for Animals and Their Sounds
Ella With Pink Hair

Ella Goes Wild for Animals and Their Sounds

From the roar of a lion to the squeak of a mouse, five-year-old Ella already has her sights set on...
Aubree’s Artistic Flair for Life
Aubree In Speech Therapy Lesson

Aubree’s Artistic Flair for Life

Days are busy for four-year-old Aubree, who enjoys drawing up a storm, reading books and making the most of the...
Developing Speech Sounds
Child Playing With Toy Bus

Developing Speech Sounds

The Speech Sounds Development Chart is a common tool used in speech therapy to help track a child’s ongoing development...
Types of Hearing Loss
Types of Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss

It’s a startling fact that by 2050, one in four of us is predicted to have a hearing loss. Hear...
Telepractice research
Child Doing Speech Therapy Via Telehealth

Telepractice research

Collaborators School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland Dr Monique Waite, Lecturer in Speech Pathology Anna Benclowe,...
Summer of Sounds for Eden
Eden And Her Family

Summer of Sounds for Eden

With the warmer weather ramping up, there’s no happier place for one-year-old Eden than being down at the beach with...
Literacy Development in Children with Cochlear Implants
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Literacy Development in Children with Cochlear Implants

Collaborators Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland Associate Professor Wayne Wilson, Associate Professor in Audiology Associate...
Investigating the Social Capital of Adolescents Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
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Investigating the Social Capital of Adolescents Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Collaborators School of education, University of Newcastle, Australia Dr Jill Duncan, Senior Lecturer Dr Kerry Dally, Senior Lecturer Mr Tim...
Understanding How People Think and Feel
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Understanding How People Think and Feel

Collaborators School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia Professor Virginia Slaughter, Head of School Emeritus Professor Candida Peterson Dr Aisling...
Signs of Hearing Loss in Babies
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Signs of Hearing Loss in Babies

As we age, asking people to repeat themselves or having the TV volume constantly blasting can be reliable indicators of...
Supporting Children to Develop Language at Home
Shreyas Crawling

Supporting Children to Develop Language at Home

There are a range of tools which speech professionals and families alike can use to help young children develop and...
Bone Conduction Hearing Devices
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Bone Conduction Hearing Devices

Hearing technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent decades, with more options to support those living with hearing...
Creating Change With Suncorp Stadium
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Creating Change With Suncorp Stadium

An iconic Queensland institution, Suncorp Stadium has long been associated with the roar of a sports match or the thunderous...
Cleaning Your Hearing Aids
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Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your hearing aids, it’s important to keep them regularly maintained. Check...
Getting Used to Your Hearing Aids
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Getting Used to Your Hearing Aids

From uninterrupted conversations with loved ones to the sounds of birds singing in the trees, the rewards are plenty with...
Better Hearing Makes World of Difference
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Better Hearing Makes World of Difference

For Wayne Saint, there are few better feelings than the freedom of being out on his bike. However, with an...
What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
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What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

While it may not be a term you’re familiar with, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing...
What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
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What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Despite being a preventable condition, noise-induced hearing loss impacts many Australians. Particularly common in the construction, music and manufacturing industries,...
“It’s improved my life 100 per cent.”
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“It’s improved my life 100 per cent.”

Living in a regional town with a population of only 1,500 residents, Tom Saunders can move from peaceful to noisy...
Can I Improve My Hearing?
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Can I Improve My Hearing?

If you’ve noticed that it’s getting harder to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant, or the volume on the...
Our History
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Our History

When Hear and Say opened its doors on 6 July 1992, the options available for children with profound hearing loss...
Newborn Hearing Screening: Being Referred
New Born Having Hearing Screen

Newborn Hearing Screening: Being Referred

In Queensland, free newborn hearing screening is offered to babies born across all public and private hospitals. Hear and Say...
Supporting Early Language Development
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Supporting Early Language Development

As the earliest teachers for their children, parents and carers play a critical role in their child’s speech and language...
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

Following years of nudging from family, it was the chance reading of an article that finally prompted avid cyclist, Peter...
How do Cochlear Implants Work?
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How do Cochlear Implants Work?

Cochlear implants are surgically implanted bypassing the standard hearing process. Cochlear implants are designed to mimic natural hearing and undertake...
Triumphs through speech telehealth
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Triumphs through speech telehealth

Since some of the earliest days of Hear and Say’s history, telepractice appointments have meant children can access specialist speech...
Spotlight on Single-Sided Deafness Research
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Spotlight on Single-Sided Deafness Research

Research plays a critical role at Hear and Say, helping us bridge the gap between science and better hearing outcomes...
Making a Splash: Swimming Lessons and Hearing Loss
Making a Splash: Swimming Lessons and Hearing Loss

Making a Splash: Swimming Lessons and Hearing Loss

When the weather’s heating up, keeping cool often means taking a dip in the pool. For children with hearing loss...
NDIS Funding and Assistive Technologies
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NDIS Funding and Assistive Technologies

For people with hearing loss, assistive technologies can offer great additional support to ensure they can hear and communicate as...
Top Tips for Auditory Brainstem Response Tests
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Top Tips for Auditory Brainstem Response Tests

In Australia, over 300 babies are born with hearing loss each year. While there can be many reasons why a...
Tips for Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss
Tips for Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss

Tips for Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss

Classrooms are noisy and tiring environments especially for children with hearing loss, which can significantly impact their ability to learn....
What is an Audiogram?
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What is an Audiogram?

If you or someone you know has had a hearing test, you might have seen a chart like this: Known...
What Hearing Aid is Best for Me?
What Hearing Aid is Best for Me?

What Hearing Aid is Best for Me?

Just a few minutes of searching the words ‘hearing aids’ online can present a minefield of information. “The sheer amount...
Rapid Relief for Ringing in Ears
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Rapid Relief for Ringing in Ears

Tinnitus is one of the most common ear-related issues, and yet many are left fearing that there’s little to be...
The Seven Sounds Listening Test
The Seven Sounds Listening Test

The Seven Sounds Listening Test

The Seven Sounds is a listening test which uses sounds across the speech frequency range. It’s a handy tool which...
Speech and Language Assessments for Children with Hearing Loss
Speech and Language Assessments for Children with Hearing Loss

Speech and Language Assessments for Children with Hearing Loss

For a child who has hearing loss, it’s important to regularly assess their ability to pick up sounds across the...
The Importance of Reading
The Importance of Reading

The Importance of Reading

The building blocks of speech and language are set very early in life. Reading to children is one of the...
School Hearing Screening Success for Sadie
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School Hearing Screening Success for Sadie

When Hear and Say’s school hearing screening program visited five-year-old Sadie’s Prep classroom, her parents Nicole and Simon were curious to...
Let’s Hear it for Social Work
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Let’s Hear it for Social Work

Hearing loss can impact all aspects and stages of life, both for the person themselves as well as their loved...
Wearing Headphones with Hearing Devices
Wearing Headphones with Hearing Devices

Wearing Headphones with Hearing Devices

Whether it’s to listen to music or the TV, for a call at work or for study, headphones are a...
How Do We Hear?
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How Do We Hear?

Hint: it’s not just with the ear! Did you know that it’s actually our brains that “hear” sound? While the ear...
What to do if your NDIS Funding Runs Out
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What to do if your NDIS Funding Runs Out

A funding plan through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is valid for 12 months. Sometimes, you may unknowingly overspend...
Getting Started on the NDIS
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Getting Started on the NDIS

If you’re accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for yourself or your child for the first time, it can...
Managing Your NDIS Plan
Managing Your NDIS Plan

Managing Your NDIS Plan

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to eligible people in Australia with a permanent and significant disability, to...
What is Unilateral Hearing Loss?
What is Unilateral Hearing Loss?

What is Unilateral Hearing Loss?

When someone experiences hearing loss in one ear and hearing in the standard range in the other, this is called...
From the Desk of… Jacquie Monaghan
From the Desk of… Jacquie Monaghan

From the Desk of… Jacquie Monaghan

Our school screeners have had a busy start to the year with our Hear to Learn – School Hearing Screening...
Easy, Fun At-Home Craft
Easy, Fun At-Home Craft

Easy, Fun At-Home Craft

Whether it’s the weekend, the holidays or you’re just looking for simple at-home activity to entertain children, this craft activity...
Childrens hearing test
Childrens hearing test

Childrens hearing test

Does your toddler need a hearing test and you’re unsure what to expect? At Hear and Say we often get...
Hearing Loss and Dementia: What’s the Link?
Hearing Loss and Dementia: What’s the Link?

Hearing Loss and Dementia: What’s the Link?

Looking after your hearing and using hearing technology such as hearing aids could make a world of difference in preventing...
Speech Versus Language: What’s the Difference?
Speech Versus Language: What’s the Difference?

Speech Versus Language: What’s the Difference?

While it’s common to hear the words speech and language used interchangeably, they actually have different meanings in a clinical setting – as Hear...
Sports with Cochlear Implants
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Sports with Cochlear Implants

Playing sports is a pillar of Australian culture, for many children and adults alike. Typically, having an implantable hearing device...
Five Signs You May Have Hearing Loss
Five Signs You May Have Hearing Loss

Five Signs You May Have Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can happen at any time, at any age. Your hearing can change gradually, without you noticing, or the...
Six Myths about Hearing Aids
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Six Myths about Hearing Aids

With people waiting on average seven years before seeking support for issues with hearing loss (Davis et al., 2007), it’s...
Starting School: Getting Prepared
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Starting School: Getting Prepared

The start of school is an exciting milestone for children, stepping into the classroom for the first time. With so...
Turning to Hear and Say for Tinnitus Troubles
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Turning to Hear and Say for Tinnitus Troubles

It was a spell of sudden dizziness and a constant ringing in her ears that left Kirsty Condon searching for...
Hear and Now: Meet Chloe
Hear and Now: Meet Chloe

Hear and Now: Meet Chloe

It’s the summertime scent of blooming backyard frangipani trees that had 28-year-old, Chloe reminiscent of her childhood visits to Hear...
Clarity in the Classroom
Clarity in the Classroom

Clarity in the Classroom

It was a problem worth solving for maths teacher, Phil Kanowski when he noticed his students were becoming increasingly harder...
Replacing Your Hearing Aids
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Replacing Your Hearing Aids

Time to get new hearing aids? Here are a few reasons to consider when deciding if it’s time for a...
Jo’s Journey with Hearing Loss
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Jo’s Journey with Hearing Loss

While Jo’s career as a graphic designer has spanned countless fields, the work closest to her heart is when she...
Hear and Now: Meet Katie
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Hear and Now: Meet Katie

Katie Douglass was just a few months old when her family first brought her to Hear and Say, looking for...
Lynne’s Journey to Better Hearing
Lynne’s Journey to Better Hearing

Lynne’s Journey to Better Hearing

It was a case of third time’s a charm for retiree, Lynne who had grown increasingly frustrated with the hearing...
Benefits of Hearing Aids
Benefits of Hearing Aids

Benefits of Hearing Aids

It’s an outdated perception amongst many that hearing loss is an inevitable and untreatable part of the ageing process. Yet,...
From the Desk of… Tania Kennedy
From the Desk of… Tania Kennedy

From the Desk of… Tania Kennedy

For anyone visiting our Brisbane Centre, Tania Kennedy is one of the first people you’ll likely see. Her welcoming nature...
How to Get Your Child’s Hearing Tested
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How to Get Your Child’s Hearing Tested

It may be that you’ve noticed your child responding to questions with “Huh?” more frequently, or they always seem to...
Sounds of Summer
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Sounds of Summer

The summer ahead looks bright for Sunshine Coast one-year-old, Hayden who loves nothing more than playing with the hose outside...
Hear and Now: Meet Natasha
Hear and Now: Meet Natasha

Hear and Now: Meet Natasha

It’s been a long time since 25-year-old, Natasha was one of the small children running around Hear and Say’s LEAP...
Taste of Sweet Success
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Taste of Sweet Success

A chat with friends and the scent of freshly baked biscuits would likely score highly on many people’s list of favourite...
All the World’s a Stage
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All the World’s a Stage

For 13-year-old Erica, her passion for dance has been made all the more richer thanks to her two cochlear implants,...
Iyla’s Story
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Iyla’s Story

“We were in shock and denial for a while following the diagnosis, but we were ready to do whatever it...
Auditory Learning: Getting the Most from Your Cochlear Implant
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Auditory Learning: Getting the Most from Your Cochlear Implant

Cochlear implants are becoming an increasingly common treatment option for living with moderate to profound hearing loss. However, receiving an...
The Importance of Occupational Therapy
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The Importance of Occupational Therapy

Knowing what exactly occupational therapy (OT) is or its potential benefits for your child can be difficult. It’s common for...
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Lucy is a beautiful one-year-old with a dedicated family and community surrounding her – including the team at Hear and...
Helping Hand from Henderson Matusch
Helping Hand from Henderson Matusch

Helping Hand from Henderson Matusch

From parading their most colourful outfits for Loud Shirt Day, to volunteering at events, to even (safely) swinging their CEO...
Grandmother and Grandson Grateful for Good Hearing
Grandmother and Grandson Grateful for Good Hearing

Grandmother and Grandson Grateful for Good Hearing

Almost five years have now passed, but Glenys Rendell clearly remembers her grandson’s wide-eyed face the day his cochlear implants...
Adventures Await Baby Shreyas
Adventures Await Baby Shreyas

Adventures Await Baby Shreyas

Shreyas may have only just celebrated his first birthday, but he has already earned himself the title of “Adventurer”. The...
Christmas Gift of Sound for Baby Leo
Christmas Gift of Sound for Baby Leo

Christmas Gift of Sound for Baby Leo

For parents Nadia and Lewis, this Christmas will be an extra special one – the first that their baby son,...
Keeping Your Child’s Hearing Devices On
Keeping Your Child’s Hearing Devices On

Keeping Your Child’s Hearing Devices On

Eyes open, technology on: supporting a child to consistently wear their hearing devices is a challenge faced by many families....
From School to the Soccer Field
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From School to the Soccer Field

Growing up in the beautiful surrounds of a Sunshine Coast dairy farm, a typical day for 12-year-old, Rescue includes waking...
Cycling and Hearing Loss: Staying Safe on the Roads
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Cycling and Hearing Loss: Staying Safe on the Roads

Transitioning from a spirited debate in a board meeting to the good-natured ruckus of a family dinner is no longer...
Making Mealtimes Fun
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Making Mealtimes Fun

As a dietitian, nutritionist and fussy eating specialist, Marie-France Laval has seen it all when it comes to stressful mealtimes around the...
A Future to Match Her Name for Young Hope
A Future to Match Her Name for Young Hope

A Future to Match Her Name for Young Hope

Transitioning to the “new normal” of life is no easy feat, but like many of the children enrolled at Hear...
From the desk of… Katie Smith
Listening And Spoken Language Desk

From the desk of… Katie Smith

Next in our ‘From the desk of…’ series we take a look at the desk of Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Katie...
A Digital Silver Lining
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A Digital Silver Lining

For parents Rhianon and Julian, the impact of coronavirus has brought a new way of accessing Hear and Say’s programs...
Queensland’s Loudest Towns Heat Up
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Queensland’s Loudest Towns Heat Up

As the months grow hotter across the state, so too does a creative battle between two passionate rural communities. Meet...
Thinking Outside the (Donation) Box
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Thinking Outside the (Donation) Box

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year like no other, yet amidst these challenging times has come...
Prepped and ready to go
Attitcus Ready For Prep

Prepped and ready to go

It’s been a year like never before, but prep student, Atticus has taken it all in his stride. For his...
Having Your Hearing Assessed: What to Expect
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Having Your Hearing Assessed: What to Expect

With adults typically waiting many years to get their hearing checked after noticing an issue, it’s little surprise that having...
“One email is all it took!”
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“One email is all it took!”

As a registered nurse and midwife, Kath Corcoran is aware of how important it is to look after her health...
A New World For Don
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A New World For Don

For retired doctor, Don Cave, keeping on top of his hearing health has meant being able to stay connected to...
Ringing in Your Ears? You’re Not Alone
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Ringing in Your Ears? You’re Not Alone

With an estimated one in every three Australians likely to suffer from tinnitus at some stage in their life*, it’s...
Received a Hearing Loss Diagnosis: What’s Next?
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Received a Hearing Loss Diagnosis: What’s Next?

Taking that first step of getting a hearing test can be a daunting prospect for many – often resulting in...
Keeping track of your hearing health
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Keeping track of your hearing health

From navigating an echoing boardroom teleconference to the noise of a busy cycling route, the need for maintaining good hearing...
Small Sounds Make Big Impact
Small Sounds Make Big Impact

Small Sounds Make Big Impact

The melodic song of birds in the trees – it’s something many of us take for granted, but not so...
Optimise your Child’s Learning During Telepractice
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Optimise your Child’s Learning During Telepractice

Asking your child to be focused throughout an entire listening and spoken language lesson can be a challenge, and telepractice...
Sarah’s Next Chapter
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Sarah’s Next Chapter

When schools re-opened their doors after the coronavirus-induced hiatus, 12-year-old Sarah had an exciting piece of technology to bring back...
Changing attitudes and a future full of opportunity
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Changing attitudes and a future full of opportunity

Sarah is a Townsville mum to three beautiful girls. Having a hearing loss has impacted Sarah’s life in many ways,...
COVID-19 Update
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COVID-19 Update

The health and wellbeing of our community is always of utmost priority, particularly during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We...
Riley’s Story
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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...
From the desk of… Julie Decker
From the desk of… Julie Decker

From the desk of… Julie Decker

This edition took a bird’s eye view of Clinical Manager – Audiology Julie Decker’s hearing booth desk and gained insight...
Harry With The World At His Feet
Harry Smiling

Harry With The World At His Feet

Ensuring babies born into a world without sound have access to urgent services has been the driving force behind Hear...
Here to Stay: Safeguarding the Future of Queensland Children
Harry Smiling

Here to Stay: Safeguarding the Future of Queensland Children

From all corners of the Hear and Say community came an incredible show of dedication to opening worlds for babies...
Not Even a Global Pandemic Can Stop Us Helping Families
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Not Even a Global Pandemic Can Stop Us Helping Families

Like many three-year-olds, Siena has a plethora of favourite activities, along with the energy to complete them. She loves dancing,...
Remarkable change to Kevin’s hearing health
Remarkable change to Kevin’s hearing health

Remarkable change to Kevin’s hearing health

Retired mining engineer, Kevin had never before considered that he may have an issue with his hearing. At the age...
Helping speech and language flourish at home
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Helping speech and language flourish at home

Speech and language development is comprised of many parts, with daily experiences associating sounds with meaning, words with actions or...
Hearing Aid charms and an outgoing personality to match
Child With Hearing Aid Earrings

Hearing Aid charms and an outgoing personality to match

Two and a-half year old, Layla loves story time, painting, hanging out with her cousins and going to the beach,...
“Hearing Loss Doesn’t Define Me, It Is A Part Of Me”
Ruby And Lily At Group Program

“Hearing Loss Doesn’t Define Me, It Is A Part Of Me”

It was a special morning over the summer holidays at Hear and Say, when a group of young adults took...
Family Generations Are All Ears For Hearing Health
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Family Generations Are All Ears For Hearing Health

When grandfather, Dennis McLaughlin decided to investigate the hearing issues that had been bothering him for years, he was already...
Lilly Loves Magical Stories… This One Is About Her
Lilly With Friend Outside

Lilly Loves Magical Stories… This One Is About Her

Lilly is an energetic three-year-old who loves to play dress-ups, and her colourful world of make-believe is filled with lots...
How Cameron’s World Hearing Became Bright
Man In Busy Street

How Cameron’s World Hearing Became Bright

From the roar of a football match to the bustling noises of an overseas food market – a world of...
Two Sides To Every Sound
Scott Sitting In Chair

Two Sides To Every Sound

Just over six months have flown by since Scott received his cochlear implant, and his parents, Cat and Doug are...
First Day Of Prep For Eager Evie
Evie Starting School

First Day Of Prep For Eager Evie

A child’s first day of Prep is a momentous day for all parents, but for Renee and Toby this was...
We’re All (100,000) Ears For School Screening
Oakleigh State School

We’re All (100,000) Ears For School Screening

It was a milestone worth loudly celebrating when our Hear to Learn School Hearing Screening program reached its 50,000th student...
Tips for families new to Telepractice
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Tips for families new to Telepractice

Thanks to the latest technology and some innovation and creativity, Hear and Say is continuing to support our families to...
Is a hearing test on your Back to School checklist?
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Is a hearing test on your Back to School checklist?

Uniforms, stationery and lunch boxes – they’re common items on the Back to School checklist, but have you also remembered...
Meet our team: Amy from Townsville
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Meet our team: Amy from Townsville

Hear and Say is a multidisciplinary team of industry experts located across Queensland and working to create a better future...
Kath’s wellbeing includes looking after her hearing
Kath Outdoors

Kath’s wellbeing includes looking after her hearing

What first began as a short-term job in a small school, working with students facing additional needs, evolved into a...
Holiday Hearing Checklist
Baby With Cochlear Implants Sitting On Beach

Holiday Hearing Checklist

Before going on holidays it’s important to ensure you’re prepared – and not just with swimmers and sunscreen. By putting...
Finn is Here to Learn
Boy With Hearing Aids

Finn is Here to Learn

Five-year-old Finn was fitted with hearing aids after a school hearing screening discovered that he had a hearing loss. Hear...
John’s Story
John’s Story

John’s Story

A father of three, John enjoys playing golf and having breakfast at local cafes with his friends. Around five years...
Rosa
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Rosa

From psychology and exercise science, to environmental studies and graphic design – for 19-year-old Rosa, the world is her oyster...
Benjamin
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Benjamin

One-year-old Benjamin has a cheeky grin and sparkling eyes which light up a room. Born with profound hearing loss in...
Cale Wins Public Speaking Competition
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Cale Wins Public Speaking Competition

Cheeky, playful, smart, cute and funny. These are the five words 11-year-old Cale used to describe his dog Freddie, in...
A message in a bottle – making change for local children with hearing loss
Child Smiling At Camera

A message in a bottle – making change for local children with hearing loss

Local Brisbane business owners and loving parents, Jay and Anna, found out that their beautiful little girl Harriet had a...
What Happens if My Hearing Aids Get Wet?
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What Happens if My Hearing Aids Get Wet?

It’s a common scenario: you get caught in a downpour; someone jumps into the pool nearby and causes a big...

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