Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center
Just a little over a decade ago, there was little hope for a child born deaf. But today, cochlear implantation surgery can provide a child who is born deaf with the ability to hear. All patients referred for cochlear implants are evaluated by University of Miami Ear Institute professionals to determine if they are eligible for the device. Our specialists can then effectively address the communication and educational needs, as well as the psychological adjustment issues of implant use by patients.
To this end, the University of Miami Ear Institute (UMEI) supported by the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation has established the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center (Center). The Center, which is housed at the UMEI, was established to create a seamless process that takes into account the social and emotional aspects of deaf children and their families while providing the most current medical technology available. The Center places an emphasis on the viability of cochlear implants and the vital auditory verbal therapy as an option for deaf children to become part of the hearing world. The goal of the Center is to have a direct impact on transitioning deaf children from a silent world into a hearing world of sound and life, through the use of cochlear implant technology.