HEALTHY HEARING: Lisa Green and her daughter Olivia Cover, 3.
HEALTHY HEARING: Lisa Green and her daughter Olivia Cover, 3. Andrew Morgan

Little Olivia on the road to healthier hearing

OLIVIA Cover loves singing dancing and watching movies, but this playful three-year-old's life is very different to others her age.

Olivia has moderate to severe hearing loss, which is progressively getting worse.

Born on December 16, 2010, a first child for Lisa Green, they had a difficult labour.

"She was stressed out during the labour and swallowed the amniotic fluid ... we ended up having to go to the Townsville Hospital," Ms Green said.

"When we had the hearing test done, we thought, 'oh what else could happen'."

She is one of more than 1000 children who have been found to have a hearing loss with the Children's Health Queensland's Healthy Hearing Program.

"Speech therapy is the biggest thing. Otherwise she's just a normal kid."

She dons bright pink hearing aids, and next year they hope she will get a cochlear ear implant. The family also travels to Rockhampton regularly for hearing appointments and check ups.

"I'm the sort of person who just takes it as it comes; I was never really happy about it, but you just do what you have to," Ms Green said.

"Parents should take all the help that is given to you. People tend to stress out but there's no use, you just have to deal with it."



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