The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, housed at the University of Miami Ear Institute was established to create a seamless process that takes into account the social and emotional aspects of children with hearing loss and their families while providing the most current medical technology.
This evaluation will assess current hearing status to determine the degree and type of hearing loss.
This evaluation includes testing your child’s hearing with amplification to determine the current function and benefit.
Professional: Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT)
This evaluation assists in determining current skills and in developing a plan for services which may be obtained at our Center or closer to your home.
During this process, we can discuss the child's current services, and assist families in providing them information for local services.
Consulting with a psychologist can help families understand this process and address their emotional needs and concerns.
Professional: Ear, Nose & Throat Physician
This physician will answer any of your questions and evaluate if there are any concerns in proceeding with the cochlear implant evaluation.
Professional: Entire team
This usually occurs soon after the initial visit to explain what the cochlear implant process entails.
Cochlear implants are devices that assist in providing improved access to sound and speech intelligibility through electrical stimulation.
Cochlear implant systems consist of two parts: 1) internal implant and 2) external sound processor. The internal portion is surgically implanted and the external portion is worn behind the ear with a cable and magnet that attaches to the skin. Depending on the child’s age, there are other wearing options, such as clipped on the body.The external portion consists of:
Cochlear implant systems use electrical stimulation to deliver sound to the damaged hair cells in the inner ear. Cochlear implants send tiny electrical pulses to stimulate the hearing nerve. It does this by converting acoustic sound to electrical sound. This is different than a hearing aid, which amplifies acoustic sound to make the sound louder.
The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation strives to maintain as little overhead as possible so that your support and donations go directly to helping with therapy, support and care of cochlear implant recipients and their families
The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center will provide newly diagnosed children and their families with information, education, counseling, guidance, support and resources about hearing loss, speech/ language development and more specifically about cochlear implant and technology.
Barton G. Weiss is an internationally recognized event concept designer, restaurateur and culinary visionary. In his two-decade career, Weiss has created more than 20,000 events for corporate, sports and social clients; becoming know around the globe as one of the industry’s most innovative talents with an unlimited ability to surprise and inspire.
In 2009, Weiss founded the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation after his daughter was born deaf and required cochlear implants to restore her hearing. Now the Foundation assists deaf children and their families with cochlear implant education and services. The Barton G. Kid Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Ear Institute opened in September 2010.
Jill Viner is a woman of conviction and compassion who cares deeply about humanity – particularly children. She is a mother of two daughters and a dedicated community leader.
Children, education and helping others along their path are a way of life for Jill. She sits on the Executive Board of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service and the National Board of the Diabetes Research Institute.
Jill also takes an active role in being on the Parents Leadership Committee at the University of Pennsylvania. She also sits on the Parents Committee at Boston University and has been honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as a Woman of Valor. She has co established and founder of the Barton G Kids Hear Now Foundation.
Dr. Fred F. Telischi, M.E.E, M.D., FACS. is the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Telischi has been published in 137 books, chapters and manuscripts. His expertise will help the Kids Hear Now Foundation to continue to restore hearing in children and adults.
Director of the Barton G Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She also has a joint appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology. Dr. Cejas received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida.
She has been working with children with cochlear implants since 2004 and her research has been funded by foundation and NIH grants.As part of the Cochlear Implant team she is involved with pre-implantation evaluations, assessment of cognitive functioning, and supportive therapy for families of children with hearing loss.
Parker F. Taylor is a Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig. Mr. Taylor focuses his practice on tax law, wealth management, and trusts and estates. He has served on the board of the Kids Hear Now for the past three years and also is committed to providing pro bono estate planning to Holocaust survivors throughout South Florida.
As a Senior Associate, Matthew Anderson leads Foundry Commercial’s South Florida Tenant Advisory Services platform alongside Principal and industry veteran, Randy Olen. Mr. Anderson is on the Advisory Board for the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation and is on the Executive Committee of the United Way Young Leaders
Chris Walters is a Vice President and Wealth Advisor in Wealth Management at Northern Trust in Miami. Mr. Walters has over 13 years of trust experience and custody experience where he is responsible for a wide variety of complex and wealthy clients.
Allison Weiss Brady currently serves on the board of Jackson Health Foundation, The School of Social Policy & Practice at UPENN, the Russell Simmons charity Foundation, and recenty on The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation. She is active in many organizations in South Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.