‘Hear to Learn’ school hearing screening returns to Queensland’s Bowen Basin

‘Hear to Learn’ school hearing screening returns to Queensland’s Bowen Basin

Up to 600 children from 10 regional primary schools in Queensland’s Bowen Basin will receive specialist pediatric hearing screening from Hear and Say’s ‘Hear to Learn’ – School Hearing Screening Program from July until October 2017.

 

Hearing assessments will be carried out on children from Theodore, Moura, Blackwater, Dysart, Nebo, Glenden, Scottville and Collinsville schools.

 

Hear and Say in partnership with the largest mining services provider, Thiess returned to Central Queensland last week for the second stage of the regional pilot program.

 

During this stage of the program schools including Scottsville State Primary School, Collinsville State Primary and High School, Glenden State Primary School, and St John Bosco Catholic School all had students screened.

 

With 25 years’ experience in the delivery of world leading audiology, auditory verbal therapy and occupational therapy, Hear and say is excited to be piloting their ‘Hear to Learn’ Program in regional Queensland.

 

Hear and Say’s Chief Executive Officer Chris McCarthy said he is delighted to see regional students receive specialist paediatric hearing screening.

 

“There are potentially thousands of children in regional Queensland classrooms with hearing problems going undiagnosed. Taking our ‘Hear to Learn’ Program directly into regional schools and their communities will bring considerable health, social and educational benefits. The delivery of this program is only possible thanks to our partnership with Thiess,” Mr McCarthy said.

 

Hearing loss, if left undiagnosed, has the potential to impact a child’s hearing, learning, and social skills development. It is estimated 3 in 1000 babies are born with a hearing loss, with this number doubling by school age.

 

The ‘Hear to Learn’ Program was launched in Brisbane in 2016, and since that time more than 15,000 students have been screened. To date, screening has identified 14 students with a permanent hearing loss, 30 students with serious conductive hearing loss resulting from perforated ears and infections, while other children had foreign objects found in their ears. Hear and Say’s screening data indicates approximately 25% of students failed their hearing assessment on the day of screening.

 

With hearing linked so closely with to a child’s ability to learn it is imperative to screen children in those critical early school years.

 

Collinsville State Primary School Principal Christine Allen said she’s excited for regional screening to visit her school.

 

“It’s been wonderful to be able to offer a hearing screening service to our students. This service is not often available in regional communities, by having the ‘Hear to Learn’ program right here at our school saves our families numerous hours of travel,” Mrs Allen said.

 

 

Victoria Page, BJ, BA
Communications Specialist
victoria.page@hearandsay.com.au

P 07 3850 2111
M 0448 037 663
www.hearandsay.com.au

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