Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mia Beats the Silence; 20th Anniversary Celebrations Show off the Benefits of Hearing Centre at Nambour

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mia Beats the Silence; 20th Anniversary Celebrations Show off the Benefits of Hearing Centre at Nambour

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Byline: JANINE HILL

MIA Arnott may not have realised just how important she was to the people who watched her give a speech yesterday.

Mia, almost 13, is one of the success stories of the Hear and Say Centre at Nambour.

She once had next to no hearing, but thanks to two cochlear implants when she was aged four and six, and years of weekly therapy at the centre, she can hear and speak clearly.

At a celebration of Hear and Say's 20th birthday yesterday, the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Year 7 student stood before a microphone and explained how she had benefited from the Hear and Say Centre.

aWe used to have lots of fun, and I learned how to communicate and live in the hearing world,a she said.

aWithout the help of the Hear and Say Centre, and the wonderful support of our sponsors, children like me would be struggling to live in a world that relies on sound as a communication tool.a

In 300 words, Mia vindicated the efforts of sponsors, fundraisers and workers, and reassured the parents of squealing, scurrying toddlers wired to hearing aids and implants that everything would be okay. …

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