Jai?s learning to hear
By NADINE FISHER
FINDING out that your child has a hearing impairment or is deaf can be devastating and saddening and Burleigh Waters couple Cecilia and Alistair Mason know all about that.
Mrs Mason said they were told the news that their son Jye, now four years old, had a profound hearing loss soon after he was born.
"We thought it was the end of the world, you just want the best for your child and this was devastating to learn."
However, she said, after therapy sessions at the Hear and Say Centre he is now almost in the normal range for speech and language for his age.
"Jye has been learning to understand the sounds he hears with his cochlear implant and to develop speech and language at the Hear and Say Centre since he was a baby," Mrs Mason said.
"He had his cochlear implant done at age one and was the youngest ever to be done then," she said.
Mrs Mason said Jye would not be where he is today with his speech and language development if it wasn't for the Hear and Say Centre.
"Before the new centre opened at Varsity Lakes late last year, we used to travel to Brisbane once or twice a week," she said.
"It's wonderful to have the centre down here and although Jye will be graduating to go to mainstream school when he is six, we will be involved for years to come with Dominic, our one year old son, who is also hearing impaired."
"We can't thank the centre enough for helping to give our children a normal life. The work they do os amazing - the time, hours and support they give."