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|About||A partnership between Hear and Say and Queensland University of Technology, using 3D printing to impact lives.|
Future Hear is a collaborative project between the charity Hear and Say, and the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group at Queensland University of Technology.
Microtia is a congenital disorder affecting 1 in every 8,000 births. It affects the formation of the outer ear and is often associated with atresia where the ear canal is also not formed.
This research project aims to develop 3D printing technology for ear reconstruction to improve the lives of these children and their families.
The project is a wonderful example of collaboration between two groups.
Hear and Say Center for Deaf Children was established in 1992 by Dr. Dimity Dornan. The center provides hearing, listening, speech, language and learning support (including OT) for babies and children.
The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group at QUT, is lead by Associate Professor Mia Woodruff. The multi-disciplinary team works on developing novel 3D printing technology for patient specific tissue engineered solutions.