Zia Dredge was three weeks old when she was diagnosed with severe hearing loss, a shock that sent her parents into a tailspin of worry and concern about their child’s future.
- Nine-year-old Zia Dredge says there’s no reason for kids “to get down” about hearing loss
- New research shows 94 per cent of Australians are unaware children born deaf can learn to hear, listen and speak
- About 60,000 babies have their hearing screened under the Queensland Healthy Hearing Program
Ahead of Hearing Awareness Week, the bubbly Brisbane girl’s mother, Heidi Dredge, wants families to know they need not despair if a child has hearing loss, that technology and support have outpaced perceptions of hearing…