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Cost Estimate For Cochlear Implant

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2

Days In Hospital

4

Days Outside Hospital

10

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Budget Stay

Total Cost

USD 3920

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Cochlear Implant Cost USD 3500

Budget Stay Expenses (2 person * 14 days * 15 USD) USD 420

Airport Pickup Charges (Free service provided by Konsult ) USD 0

Interpreter Charges (Free service provided by Konsult ) USD 0

The charges mentioned are just an estimate and are subject to change, depending on the specifics of patient. Please contact our team to get a personalized treatment plan and quote for your treatment. We are happy to help!

Cochlear Implant Overview

Human ear is divided into three parts: outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. The inner ear is made of Cochlea which is a snail-shaped structure and contains the sound receptors and helps in converting sound waves or vibration into nerve impulses to be sent to brain and thus helps in hearing.

A Cochlear implant is an electronic device which helps in partially restoring hearing ability. It is the best option for people who have severe hearing loss due to inner-ear damage which doesn’t improve by use of hearing-aids. Unlike other hearing aids (such as behind the ear hearing aids) which just amplify sound, a Cochlear Implant bypasses damaged portions of the ear to deliver sound signals directly to the auditory (hearing) nerve.

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Cochlear implants can improve communication and quality of life for people with severe hearing loss who receive little benefit from hearing aids. Nowadays, cochlear implants in both ears (bilateral) are accepted as standard care for the treatment of severe hearing loss — particularly for infants and children who are learning to speak and to process language. Children with hearing loss as young as 1-year-old can be eligible for a cochlear implant.

Children are considered eligible candidates when they have profound hearing loss in both ears; get little or no benefit through the use of hearing aids; are healthy and don’t have any co-existing medical conditions that can compromise surgical outcomes.

There are two kinds of hearing loss conditions in adults.

  • Postlingually deaf: those adults who developed language before losing their hearing. Typically, such cases have greater success with cochlear implants.
  • Prelingually deaf: those adults who had not developed language before losing their hearing. 

Adults are a candidate for Cochlear implant surgery if they have severe or profound hearing loss in both ears, get little or no benefit from hearing aids, have no medical problems that could lead to a possible complication or risk during surgery, have a strong desire to be part of the hearing world and communicate through mode of listening, speaking, and speechreading.

Cochlear implant helps in improving:

  • Ability to hear speech without the need of visual cues such as reading lips
  • Recognition of normal, everyday environmental sounds
  • Ability to listen in a noisy environment
  • Ability to find where sounds are coming from
  • Ability to hear television programs and telephone conversations

Preparing For The Surgery

Prior to the surgery, it is must to evaluate that Cochlear Implant is a good option for you or not. For which, thorough medical evaluation is done which includes:

  • Tests of hearing, speech and sometimes balance
  • Physical examination to assess the health of the inner ear
  • CT or MRI imaging of the skull to assess the condition of the cochlea and structure of the inner ear
  • Sometimes, psychological testing is done to determine ability to learn to use cochlear implants

On the day of surgery

Cochlear implant surgery is done under general anesthesia, which means the person undergoing implantation will be asleep during the procedure. Surgery takes around 2-4 hours to complete and may require one-night hospitalization.

Firstly, the internal device is fitted via an incision (hole) made behind the ear and a slight depression (pocket) is formed in the skull bone where the internal device is fitted. The surgeon will then create a small hole in the cochlea (inner ear) and thread the electrode array of the internal device through this hole. The incision is stitched closed so that the internal device is under the skin.

Post surgery

You might feel pressure or discomfort over the implanted ear or ears and sometimes dizziness or nausea. After a night hospitalization, you will be discharged and need to return to the doctor for a follow-up visit in about a week to have stitches removed.

A cochlear implant is not activated until the surgery site is fully healed and recovered which may take around four to six weeks. You will have to visit the hospital after four-six weeks of surgery to the external device fitted. Following steps are done to activate the cochlear implant:

  • Sound processor is adjusted to fit you properly
  • Components of the cochlear implant is checked to make sure they work fine
  • Determine what sounds you hear for the first time

Many individuals need several follow-up visits over a few months to become accustomed to his or her device. Especially for those who’ve never heard sound before, an auditory training program is necessary to help the brain learn how to process the new auditory stimulation. Post implantation surgery, it is advisable to undergo speech and language therapy in order to get the best possible results from the device.

Risks

Cochlear implantation surgery is generally safe. However, there may be some possible complications and risks such as, loss of residual hearing; Implantation of the device might damage any remaining ability to hear in that ear; Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) following cochlear-implant surgery in children.

Recovery process

Recovery may take some time as you have to get adjusted with the device and understand different types of sounds. It involves training your brain to understand what different sounds feel like, and this is best achieved by wearing speech processor continuously in the waking hours.

Factors that affect outcome depends on the age when hearing was lost and the time-period between hearing loss and cochlear implantation. In children, the best results come if implantation is done at young age. It has been observed that children with cochlear implant have better hearing and speech ability than children with other hearing aids. In Adults, best results are associated with a shorter period of profound hearing loss before cochlear implantation. Adults with little or no experience of sound tend to benefit less from cochlear implants.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Cochlear Implant

Q: Cochlear implants can be used from what age?
A: Cochlear implants have been FDA-approved for use in eligible children from 12 months of age. For young children who are deaf or severe problem in hearing, cochlear implants help them to be exposed to different sounds for an optimal period to develop a fair speech and language skills.

Q: What is the success rate of Cochlear implants in children?
A: Younger the better. The best results are found among children who receive the cochlear implant at 0-3 years of age. They achieve 90 to 95 percent hearing and language improvement. 80-90 percent of these children develop a hearing and speech equal to those of children with normal hearing.

Q: Can I take off a Cochlear implant?
A: Yes, the external device is removable and can be taken-off if needed (like when taking bath). Internal device is placed under skin and is water-proof.

Q: Does Cochlear implants get back normal hearing?
A: No, a Cochlear implant can create a range of sound by stimulating auditory nerve and help in improving hearing ability but cannot restore normal hearing.

Q: What type of hearing loss can be resolved by Cochlear Implant?
A: Cochlear Implant helps in treating profound to severe hearing loss caused due to damage to inner ear and can’t be helped through a hearing-aid.

Q: What is the duration of Cochlear Implant surgery?
A: Cochlear Implant surgery usually lasts from 3-4 hours and you may need a night hospitalization.

Q: What causes damage to inner ear?
A: A prolonged exposure to noises that reach a decibel level of 85 can cause a permanent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear which causes hearing loss.

Q: Is the Cochlear Implant surgery painful?
A: Since an incision is made behind your ear to fix the internal device, you may feel mild pain post-surgery around your ear and also headache.

Q: Will I be able to hear just after the surgery?
A: You may have hearing some sensation after the external device is activated, and it may take up to 1 year to fully understand different type of sounds and get adjusted to the device.

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