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Cost Of Cochlear implants in Top Countries

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  • 90%
    USA
  • 80%
    UK
  • 35%
    SA
  • 30%
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  • 25%
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  • 10%
    IN
  • 15%
    TR
  • 40%
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  • 45%
    DE
  • 25%
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  • 18%
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Cochlear implants

Cochlear implants are electronic medical devices that perform the functions of damaged parts of the cochlea (inner ear) providing sound signals to the patient’s brain bypassing the damaged section, causing stimulation directly in the auditory nerve.

The cost of cochlear implants in India starts at USD 10,000, and the cost of cochlear implant surgery starts at USD 3500.

The treatment is done using general anesthesia and can take 2-3 hours for completing the whole procedure.

Patients have to stay at the healthcare center for 1 – 2 days and will experience quick recovery after the procedure.

Patients will require to stay in India for around 6 weeks for their pre-operative evaluation, surgery and initial rehabilitation.


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Cochlear implant surgery in India

Cochlear implant surgery is an effective way of treating patients with severe hearing loss. The operation helps provide them with an artificial sense of hearing, allowing them to cope better with their surroundings.

Overview

Cochlear implant aka bionic ear is a complex electronic device which is surgically implanted inside the inner ear to give patients with profound hearing loss a better sense of sound.

Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive hearing loss occurs when patient’s hearing is impaired because of a disease or obstruction in the eardrum/ ear canal/ middle ear that can be corrected using surgical or non-surgical intervention or for some cases, using hearing aids. Cochlear implant surgery is not required under such cases.

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused because of damage in the inner ear, mostly in its hair cells. This often results in turning the auditory nerve unresponsive as it stops receiving the sound signals that are normally transmitted via hair cells. Sensorineural hearing loss can be corrected through cochlear implant surgery.

How does Cochlear Implantation work?

Cochlear implants are designed for treating sensorineural hearing loss in children as well as adults. This type of loss of hearing involves damage on tiny hair cells present inside the cochlea. As a result, the sounds are unable to reach the auditory nerves, which usually receives the information from hair cells in the ear. A cochlear implant helps bypass these damaged hair cells and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

The implant doesn’t make the sound clearer or louder like hearing aids; instead, it fulfills the function of the damaged portion of the auditory system allowing patients to hear sounds like they would under normal circumstances.

Cochlear implants provide sufficient hearing that allows the patient to gain a better understanding of speech. Although the quality of sound generated from the natural hearing is different from cochlear implants, patients can identify the environmental sounds and different speeches well enough with it. They can also cope better with their surroundings after the implantation.

Cochlear Implant has two parts:

External part: which includes a microphone, transmitter and a speech processor.

Internal part: (which is surgically implanted inside the ear) includes a receiver-stimulating system that is fixed to the patient’s skull bone behind their ear and electrodes that are inserted into the cochlea.

Candidates

Cochlear implant surgery is performed on both children as well as adults if:

In adults:

If they suffer from severe to profound loss of hearing in both ears and fail to benefit from hearing aids, can be considered a good candidate for cochlear implants. However, the hearing loss must be due to sensorineural that occur because of illness, injury, or ototoxicity.

In children:

Congenitally deaf children with a speech disability, or with a lost sense of hearing after an illness or head injury or illness, can benefit from cochlear implant surgery.

The best candidates for any medical procedure usually don’t have any health issues that can potentially prohibit surgery. Patients with a clear understanding of functional auditory nerve and cochlear implant with realistic expectations with the procedure are suitable for it.

Procedure

A team of ENT surgeon, Audiologist, physician etc., will start the surgery with evaluation of the patient.

The treatment is done using general anesthesia and can take 2-3 hours for completing the whole procedure.

The surgeon will create a small incision behind the patient’s ear, and the bone is exposing the anteriorly up to the ear canal and placing it in the ear for the insertion of the receiver in the implant. Then implant will be adjusted in a position in which it gets secured behind the muscles and the skin of the ear. The eardrum and ear canal will be left undisturbed during this implantation.

Then a cochleostomy is performed, during which a tiny incision is created in the cochlea, and an electrode is inserted inside it. After securing the electrode’s position, the incisions are closed.

Expected results

Different recipients of cochlear implants may experience different outcomes with the procedure. Individuals who lost their hearing ability after gaining a perception of speech & sound, learning to speak and then undergo a cochlear implant are likely to hear sounds different from what they remember. Over time, they will become familiar with the system, and it will seem natural.

Children, undergoing the procedure who are born with deafness, can achieve drastic benefits. While in adults, the less the duration of time between their lost hearing ability and cochlear implant, the better will be the outcomes and vice versa.

Recovery

Patients have to stay at the healthcare center for 1 – 2 days and will experience quick recovery after the procedure.

The real work starts after the procedure is completed. Rehabilitation care plays an important role in achieving maximum benefits from the surgery that start with adjustments and fitting of the external parts – battery pack, speech processor, and transmitter.

Necessary reprogramming and adjustments are done for activating and programming the implant. Rehabilitation care includes training from a speech-language pathologist, surgeon, psychologist, audiologist, and teachers who help the patient understand how to operate and utilize the implant properly. The rehabilitation team takes advantage of the developed auditory skills of patients who had used hearing aids and builds on them, whereas for patients with zero sound exposure, the process begins from teaching patientsabout different sounds and suitable responses.

Time and Cost

The cost of cochlear implants in India starts at USD 10,000, and the cost of cochlear implant surgery starts at USD 3500.

Patients will require to stay in India around 6 weeks for their pre-operative evaluation, surgery and initial rehabilitation.

Factors causing variation in the cost of cochlear implant surgery in India include:

Hospital’s Location

Cost of Diagnostic Tests & Consultation

Fees of the doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthetist etc.

Rent of ICU, OT, and Hospital Room

Cost of Cochlear implants

Rehabilitation Therapy

Out-patient care

Cost of Routine Medications

Medmonks Care

Medmonks helps patients find the most affordable Cochlear implant surgery packages in India, under which they will receive treatment from the best surgeons, with the latest technology. 

Medmonks also arranges the entire medical sojourn of the patient to India providing them visa, accommodation, hospital and inland transport assistance.

To know the exact cost of cochlear implants in India for your treatment, contact Medmonks.

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