Cochlear Implant Surgery Cost

Any person who is intensely deaf or severely hard of hearing can benefit from the cochlear implants. The implant is a device that can help in providing a sense of sound, it does not restore the person’s normal hearing but helps the person in understanding speech.

Cochlear Implant has two parts:

  • First part: sits outside the body, that is behind the ear

  • Second part: It is surgically placed under the skin

Parts of the Implant

The cochlear implant enables the sound to be transferred to the hearing nerves and helps a person hear. It consists of the following parts

  • Microphone

  • Speech processor

  • Transmitter and receiver /stimulator

  • Electrode array

Indications for Cochlear Implants

Both adults and children’s can benefit from these implants.

In case of adults, they will benefit when:

  • Severe to profound hearing loss

  • Hearing aids are not helpful

  • No medical problems

  • Started talking before speech loss

In case of children: 

  • The profound hearing loss in both the ears

  • Where not helped by hearing aids

  • No medical history

  • It is possible to go for treatments aimed at working at the hearing and speech skills

Treatment and Cost

14

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

3 Day in Hospital

11 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 8000

Hospitals

About the Cochlear Implant

Cochlear implant is one of the several ways to treat hearing loss. It is an electronic device, a part of which lies on the cochlea (inner ear) and behind the ear that helps stimulate the nerve.

A cochlear implant is advised to a person suffering from complete deafness or partial hearing loss in one or both the ears. The device is used to bypass the usual or normal mechanism by which a person is able to hear external sounds.

Who requires cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant is typically suggested to patient with sensorineural hearing loss. This condition may arise when there is a damage to the tiny hair that are present on cochlea. These tiny hears catch the vibration of an external sound and transfer it to the auditory nerve, which then sends the signal to the part of brain responsible for hearing.

In cases of damaged cochlear hair, the vibrations are not picked up and no signal is sent to the auditory nerve. In such patients, a cochlear implant can help transmit the signal directly to the auditory nerve.

Components of Cochlear Implant

A typical cochlear implant consists of two parts – one is the stimulator, while the other one is a processor.

  • Stimulator: The receiver-stimulator component of the cochlear implant is placed under the skin with the help of a surgery. It helps stimulate the auditory nerve, which then sends signals to the brain.
  • Processor:The processor part is fixed behind the ear, just like a hearing aid. However, it is a bit larger than a typical hearing aid. This component helps process surrounding sounds and speech.

How is Cochlear Implant performed?

Cochlear Implant Surgery

Cochlear implant surgery takes anywhere between one to two hours and is typically conducted as an outpatient procedure. During the surgery, the surgeon first makes a small incision behind the ear to put the receiver under the skin. The receiver is then connected to electrodes that are placed in the inner ear.

The patient is sent back home after the surgery and is asked to return back after a gap of one or two weeks. This is when the second part of the cochlear implant – the processor – is connected. A microphone is placed behind the ear and the processor could be placed at the same location or somewhere else.

How does cochlear implant work?

In the presence of a sound, the processor and the microphone picks up the sound vibrations. The vibrations are converted into electrical impulses and sent to the receiver with the help of a transmitted that codes the signals. The signals are then passed on to the electrodes attached to the cochlea.

The electrodes further stimulate the auditory or cochlear nerve. The same nerve carries the signals to the brain and the sounds are finally recognized as a sound.

Recovery from Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Implant: Risks and Complications

Cochlear implant surgery is a safe procedure, however, it has certain risks and may result in a few complications in rare cases. Some of the possible risks and complications after cochlear implant surgery include:

  • Dizziness
  • Problem in balancing
  • Tinnitus or ringing ear
  • Fluid leakage around the brain
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis of the face
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Device failure
  • Infection of the brain (meningitis)

Pros:

  • Increased hearing ability
  • Improved lifestyle

Cons:

  • High cost
  • Sounds may not seem natural

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