Hearing & Beyond in Vietnam is a small, privately-funded non-government, not-for-profit organisation assisting Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing children in Hội An, Vietnam.

Despite Hội An having a population of 100,000 people, until Hearing & Beyond in Vietnam began, there was no schooling available for children with hearing issues.

Throughout Việt Nam there are approximately 200,000 children under the age of eighteen with hearing loss, and only a handful of schools available to help them. Hearing testing at birth is uncommon, and access to modern audiology technology is limited; so early intervention is rare.


Assisting hearing-impaired children to become integral members of society gives them dignity, and helps them to break the poverty cycle.

The project was founded by Mái McCann in 2008, who believes that all children deserve an education. Mái is a qualified nurse who returns to Australia to undertake three month placements, allowing her to earn the money needed to run the school.

In the past ten years, she, the Hearing & Beyond in Vietnam team, and its supporters have been privileged to watch the positive changes occurring in the lives of the young students. This school works wonders.

Hearing & Beyond in Vietnam’s Mission is:

  • To provide high quality education to hearing impaired children in Hội An.
  • To assist them to become integral members of their community.
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the difficulties hearing impaired children, and their families, face on a daily basis.


Currently we have twenty-six children who attend our center six days a week.

The children range in age from three to sixteen years.

There are ten children on the waiting list who cannot start school until we can find sponsorships for them.

Our children study:

  • Speech
  • Sign language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Life skills

under the guidance of four full-time teachers and two assistants – both of whom are themselves deaf.

Having only a small number of children-per-class allows us to offer the best learning environment for hearing impaired children in the Hội An district.

Our students’ progress is outstanding, and we are committed to maintaining this high level of education.