Breaking Ground: Cochlear Implant Suite to be Built at Center for Hearing Health

The Center for Hearing Health (CHH) is breaking ground … and not just in the way of hearing health advancements. The notable audiology center—a nonprofit agency that provides the highest quality audiological services to children and adults in the New York area—will also literally break ground with a brand new, state-of-the-art cochlear implant suite in Mill Neck, N.Y.

Opening in 2020, the Manuel H. and Claire Barron Cochlear Implant Suite will boast the latest technology and assist the Deaf community with cochlear remapping/troubleshooting, adjusting, rehabilitation training, counseling for families and more.

Partnering with institutions like Weill Cornell Medical College, and working with major cochlear implant manufacturers as part of the Cochlear Provider Network (CPN) like Cochlear Americas, CHH’s certified audiologists will also be accessible to the children and families of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Since the school serves about 140 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, in 39 school districts, all over the NY metropolitan area, the Manuel H. and Claire Barron Cochlear Implant Suite will give these young students the opportunity to service their cochlear implants onsite.

“I feel that this suite will give the children of Mill Neck school the ability to have access to services for their implants that they were not able to have before,” said Dr. Susan Antonellis, Director of Audiology at CHH. “In addition, the community on the North Shore of Long Island will now have another site that they can access for services and rehabilitation.”

Manuel H. and Claire Barron—who are longtime supporters of Mill Neck’s mission to create a world where Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are included, empowered, celebrated and embraced as equals, (Manuel H. Barron is also a current patient of CHH)—knew they wanted to give back in a big way.

“While I was waiting for work to be done on my hearing aid at the Center for Hearing Health, I read all of the wonderful thank you notes that were addressed to Dr. Antonellis and it was very inspiring,” Mr. Barron recalled. “I knew, then, that I wanted to fund something as a thank you for such a wonderful service.”

CHH continues its mission to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community across Long Island through their audiological services, specialized programs and counseling, their Mobile Audiology Van and, now, with the Manuel H. and Claire Barron Cochlear Implant Suite. For more information, visit or call 516-628-4300.