Hear and Say at Callaghan Park
ROCKHAMPTON'S Jenny and Adam Muir were rocked when their third child, son Hudson, was born profoundly deaf in 2012.
"We were devastated. You just don't think it will happen to you,” Jenny said.
"They did a hearing test when Hudson was born and he didn't pass it. He was profoundly deaf on one side and severely to profoundly deaf on the other.
"Similar to people who suffer industrial deafness, he had damage to his cochlear hairs.”
In their time of need, the Muirs - who were then based in Townsville - turned to Hear and Say, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping deaf children hear, listen and speak.
Jenny said their support and expertise was invaluable.
"They offered the first little bit of light for us when we were in a dark place,” she said.
"Hudson is now four and a half. He's in the normal range of a four-year-old and it has a lot to do with Hear and Say's early intervention program.
"He's counting, he spells his name, he talks to people and he's got his confidence back.
"His speech is still a little impaired but that's why we're continuing with the speech therapy.”
Hudson had cochlear implants fitted when he was eight months old but in December last year had to have the left side re-implanted.
Hear and Say does not have an office in Rockhampton but the Muirs continue to access their services through a telepractice system and through Skype.
The organisation will be the beneficiary of funds raised by local emergency services at today's race meeting at Callaghan Park.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services station officer Gavin Shuker said they were made aware of Hear and Say's incredible work by Adam Muir, who is Inspector of Police in Rockhampton.
"We wanted to organise more social events for emergency services workers and decided to raise money for charity while we were doing it,” he said.
"We plan to raise funds for different organisations each year.
"We decided on Hear and Say this year because they help a lot of children and require a lot of money to do what they do.
"It's a very worthy cause.”