Cochlear Implant Cost in India

Includes

  • FDA approved cochlear implant
  • Surgery under GA
  • Stay at the Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines and Consumables at the hospital
  • Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers
  • IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Stay at the Hospital - 2 to 3 days   
  • Stay in India - 4 to 5 weeks
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Cochlear Implant Cost in India starts from US $ 13,000 for a single ear and varies with the type, make and brand of implant, your medical history, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Cochlear Implant Cost in India:

  • Type of Implant and Surgical Approach

    A significant portion of the overall cost of the cochlear implant surgery arises from the cost of the implant. The cost varies with the brand, make and the version of the implant. Another factor that affects the cost of cochlear implant surgery in India is if the patient would take up rehabilitation in India or would go back and continue the rehab services. This makes a difference to the overall cost of cochlear implant surgery in India.

  • Surgeon's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your cochlear implant cost in India is going to be your surgeon's fees. IndiCure recommends only experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured to be in safe and skilled hands when you choose cochlear implant surgery in India with IndiCure.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your cochlear implant surgery in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be affordable and all inclusive.

  • Surgery-Related Expenses

    The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the candidacy and the medical history of the patient. This also includes the routine medical exams and tests to ensure you're a good fit for the surgery. Post-surgical expenses can include prescription medications, rehabilitation stay, and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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Best Cochlear Implant Surgeons in India

Dr. (Prof) Ameet Kishore

MBBS, FRCS (ENT- RCPS Glasgow), FRCS (ENT-RCS- Edinburgh), F.R.C.S. (ORL - HNS)

27+ Years of Experience

Dr. Ameet Kishore is a skilled otorhinolaryngologist with over 27 years of experience in the field. His areas of expertise include pediatric ENT, neuro-otology, cochlear implants, endoscopic sinus surgery, and microscopic ear surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Ameet has won a number of honors.

More than 700 patients have benefited from his cochlear implant services, and he was instrumental in setting up Apollo Hospital's Cochlear and Hearing Implant Unit. Besides, he offers individuals with hearing difficulties Vibrant SoundBridge Middle Ear Implants, Bone Bridge, and Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA).

He has experience performing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), balloon sinuplasty, orbital decompression, optic nerve decompression, dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), endoscopic closure of CSF leaks, and endoscopic pituitary tumor surgery, among other endoscopic nasal and sinus surgical procedures.

Dr. Milind V Kirtane

MBBS, MS, Fellowship in Cochlear Implants

30+ Years of Experience

Dr. Kirtane is one of the most renowned ENT surgeons in India. With more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Dr. Kirtane has treated some of the most complex ENT cases with great success. He has authored several book and publications and is a member of various prestigious associations.

He holds the titles of Honorary Surgeon at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Emeritus Professor at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai. Dr. Kirtane is particularly interested in neurotology, endoscopic sinus surgery, and cochlear implants.

He was given the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian accolade, in 2014 in recognition of his achievements in medicine. The President of India also presented him with the distinguished Dr.B.C.Roy award in 2005, and in 2014, he received the Qimpro Platinum Standard Award in Healthcare.

Dr. Someshwar Singh

MBBS, MS, FRCS

25+ Years of Experience

Dr. Someshwar is a renowned otorhinolaryngologist with more than 23 years of expertise. His areas of expertise include advanced otology, bone-anchored hearing aid surgery, and cochlear implants.

He has been awarded by the Otolaryngological Research Society, London, UK, with the PHILIP STELL AWARD.

He has held the position of Senior Consultant in ENT at Max Healthcare, Artemis Health Institute, and Columbia Asia Hospitals in NCR Delhi. He is a member of important organizations including the British Cochlear Implant Group, the Delhi Medical Council, and the Haryana Medical Council.

Best Cochlear Implant Hospitals in India

Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital

Delhi

Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital is a 150-bed multi-specialty hospital in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, that was founded in 2018. It is approved by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).

In 2010, "CNBC, TV 18, ICICI Lombard at India HealthCare Awards" named Rainbow Children's Hospital "Best Children's Hospital in the Country". Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the facility, which is the first standalone pediatric hospital in the NCR that is planned, equipped, and staffed only to treat children and adolescents under one roof.

Fortis Hospital, Mulund

Mumbai

Fortis Hospital, Mulund is a 300 bedded multispeciality tertiary care facility situated in the centre of the city, offering a range of clinical, diagnostic, and surgical services.

The hospital began operations in 2002 and since then has achieved various milestones. The hospital is a JCI and NABH accredited facility and among very few hospitals to have NABH accreditation for Blood bank and NABL for Pathology Laboratory.

Cochlear Implant

Cochlear implant is an electronic device that electronically stimulates the hearing nerve. It enhances hearing when hearing aids do not offer the level of sound clarity required to understand speech and spoken language.

Cochlear Implant is a life changing option for those who are unable to hear effectively with hearing aids, due to severe hearing loss brought on by inner-ear damage.

How does Cochlear Implant Work?

A cochlear implant bypasses damaged areas of the ear to send sound impulses to the hearing (auditory) nerve, as opposed to hearing aids which only amplify sound.

A Cochlear Implant has two parts- External & Internal

The External portion is located behind the ear. It has a microphone that is used to capture sounds. After processing the sound, it sends it to the implant inside.

During an outpatient procedure, the internal component is positioned behind the skin behind the ear. The cochlea, a component of the inner ear, is reached by a thin wire and a few tiny electrodes. The cochlear nerve receives impulses from the wire and relays them to the brain, where the sound data is processed to create a hearing sensation.

Although normal hearing is not restored, with the right therapy and practice, the improved hearing experience can lead to greater communication through easier lip reading and listening as well as heightened awareness of sounds in the surroundings. An individual with hearing loss may be able to hear and understand speech again or with improved clarity with the aid of a cochlear implant.

A hearing aid is not the same as a cochlear implant. Although a hearing aid increases sound volume, it may not greatly enhance speech comprehension.

A cochlear implant should be taken into consideration when a person finds it difficult to understand speech despite wearing hearing aids. The cochlear implant can greatly improve hearing in adults when the system is tuned properly and the patient is dedicated to rehabilitation therapy. Infants and toddlers with cochlear implants may benefit from listening and language development.

Cochlear Implant Surgery & Therapy in Children

A cochlear implant should be taken into consideration if the development of spoken language is a priority for the family of a young kid with considerable hearing loss.

The care given following the procedure and a long-term commitment from the patient and family to acclimate to the new way of hearing with a cochlear implant are both crucial to a successful cochlear implant surgery. Highly skilled specialists with a focus on hearing and spoken language should deliver weekly auditory rehabilitation. This is crucial in directing rehabilitation toward the intended outcome. This is especially true for young children, who must catch up in their speaking and listening abilities development.

With a cochlear implant, a child's spoken and listening language development is influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • Age at the time of the procedure (younger is better)
  • Past surgical experience with hearing and language
  • A home environment rich in languages and consistent rehabilitative therapy

The family should look for a qualified group that provides a thorough surgical, audiological, and rehabilitation programme that works in conjunction with the family's preferred educational alternatives and institution.

Who is a Candidate for Cochlear Implant?

If you have hearing loss and still rely extensively on lipreading, you, your healthcare provider, and an audiologist might think about getting a cochlear implant.

Children under the age of one year who have severe hearing loss in both ears may be candidates for cochlear implants. Cochlear implants may also be given to older kids who have severe hearing loss.

In general, the following people are candidates for cochlear implant surgery:

  • Those who have hearing loss and when hearing aids do not help
  • Those who have low hearing clarity in both ears
  • Those who miss half or more of spoken words, even when wearing hearing aids, without lip reading
  • Those who strongly rely on lip reading even while using hearing aids,

A partially implanted cochlear implant is used to preserve hearing in cases of more moderate hearing loss such that a hearing aid and the cochlear implant can be worn in the same ear simultaneously.

To completely benefit from electrical hearing, however, a fully placed cochlear implant is required in situations with more severe hearing loss.

Everybody benefits differently from cochlear implants. Four to six weeks following surgery, or when the cochlear implant is turned on, the majority of people see a noticeable improvement in their awareness of sounds. The majority of people see the biggest improvements within the first six months. Speech understanding develops more gradually. Each person experiences this improvement to varying degrees. Auditory, or hearing, therapy following surgery can help with improvements in speech comprehension.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for a cochlear implant in India.

  • Is it time for a cochlear implant?
  • Is the ENT surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the surgery done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • Is speech therapy necessary after surgery?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • Surgical expectations
  • Social Planning

How is Cochlear Implant Surgery Done?

You would be advised to undergo a series of investigations- audiology tests, blood tests, CT, MRI, ecg etc to determine if you would benefit from cochlear implant and if you are a good candidate for the surgery.

The surgery is done in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and takes anywhere between 2-4 hours.

Step 1

The surgeon makes a slit behind the ear and the mastoid bone is then opened. After the surgeon locates the facial nerves, he/she opens the cochlea and cuts a gap between them to have access to it.

Step 2

He or she places the cochlea with the implant electrodes.The receiver, an electronic device, is attached to the skull in this location by the surgeon by placing it under the skin behind the ear.

Step 3

The surgeon then stitches up the incisions and you are transported into the recovery area and are kept under close observation. After a few hours you are shifted to the hospital room where you would stay for 2-3 days.

What is the Recovery after Cochlear Implant Surgery Like?

You will receive instructions on how to take care of the incisions before leaving the hospital. Additionally, you'll learn how to take care of your stitches and change dressings. After a day or two, you can wash your ears as usual. To check the incisions and remove the stitches, a follow-up visit is scheduled for either at activation or around a week later.

After the initial operation, you will need some time to recover before the implant device is turned on or activated. The external components of the cochlear implant will be added four to six weeks after the operation.

The inside gadget is then programmed and turned on, which prompts it to stimulate the auditory nerve in reaction to sounds.

The fundamentals of utilizing and maintaining the implant will also be covered. For modifications, you might need to come back multiple times over a few days. Over the course of several months, more adjusting will be done. The process of becoming familiar with a cochlear implant is slow. Visits with audiologists and speech-language pathologists will probably be necessary. With dedication, a cochlear implant can help you live a better quality of life.

What Results can I Expect from Cochlear Implant Surgery?

Cochlear implants have a great success record as medical prostheses. Only 0.2% of recipients reject them, making it a highly successful and acceptable procedure.

Adults gain right away from implant insertion. After the initial tuning sessions, the sound quality keeps getting better for around three months. The children will have to undergo longer rehabilitation to get the best from cochlear implant surgery.

Following a successful procedure and recovery, a person might be able to:

  • Perceive various sounds, such as footsteps, a door shutting, or the ringing of a phone
  • Reduced need to lip-read when understanding speech
  • Recognize voices on the telephone
  • Viewing television without closed captions
  • Play music

However, it is important to note that cochlear implant surgery results vary from patient to patient. The age at which hearing was lost and the interval between hearing loss and cochlear implant surgery are variables that can impact the success of the procedure.

If a child is born with a profound hearing loss, obtaining a cochlear implant at an early age usually yields the best results.

The best outcomes for adults are typically linked to a shorter time of profound hearing loss prior to cochlear implantation. Although both types of adults generally do better following cochlear implantation, those with little to no familiarity with sound seem to benefit less from them.

Predicted results include:

Improved Hearing: When utilizing the device, many people who meet the requirements for cochlear implantation may gradually experience improved hearing.

Improved Tinnitus: Tinnitus, or ear noise, is not the main reason for receiving a cochlear implant, but while being used, the cochlear implant may partially suppress or lessen the severity of tinnitus.

Patient Testimonials

On behalf of my family, we are grateful to IndiCure who professionally organized a successful surgery for cochlear implant for my son George. George is now able to hear. Special thanks for the excellent hospitality.

Godfrey Kaijage, Ethiopia

Procedure: Cochlear Implant Surgery

We found IndiCure extremely helpful and supportive. I was so apprehensive about sending my wife and 3 year old daughter alone to India. They had to stay here for 3 months and my wife had never traveled alone.

But, they were well received in India and got immediate treatment. I am very much humbled with the kindness of the IndiCure team members and all the doctors- each time we met they cleared all our doubts and were very helpful.

They are back now and my daughter can hear well. They have changed my daughter's life for good.

Thank you so much IndiCure for all the help.

Steve Abiosa, South Africa

Procedure: Cochlear Implant Surgery

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Paula Depp, USA

Procedure: Thyroid surgery for father

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Though it was a long journey, it was definitely a fruitful one. Thanks, IndiCure.

James Williams, Australia

Procedure: Tympanoplasty with Ossicular Reconstruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What distinguishes a cochlear implant from a hearing aid?

Hearing aids increase the volume of sounds so that the hearing system can better process them. They work well for persons who require louder sounds in order to clearly hear them. The hearing nerve is still reached by sound passing through the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. However, for certain individuals, even increasing volume may not be sufficient.

2. What are the benefits of Cochlear Implant?

For people with cochlear Implant:

  • Hearing benefits range from normal speech understanding to mild improvement in understanding speech.
  • Most perceive loud, medium and soft sounds.
  • Many understand speech without lip-reading.
  • Many people are able to make phone calls and recognise familiar voices on the other end.
  • Many can enjoy music.
  • Many people find it easier to watch TV, especially when they can see the speaker's face.

3. Do cochlear implants completely restore one's hearing back to normal?

Cochlear implants do not restore normal hearing. However, depending on the wearer, they may aid with word recognition and improved speech comprehension, even when talking on the phone.

4. How do I know if a Cochlear Implant is right for me?

It's crucial to understand that the benefits which come with cochlear implant decrease the longer the hearing loss persists. This is especially true for the children. Early intervention is the key. A cochlear implant will benefit the child most if it is provided between 6months to two years of age.

So, if you are debating whether to get a cochlear implant now or wait, it is advisable to see the specialist as soon as possible.

It's critical to understand some facts before considering a cochlear implant. These are:

  • Following surgery, cochlear implant requires training and rehabilitation. You will learn how to take care of the implant. Hearing and speech therapy will also be provided to help you learn how to comprehend the new electrical impulses and how to use your improved listening abilities to improve communication. Your implant usage will be enhanced as a result of this. Your goals and progress will determine how often and for how long you receive aural rehabilitation.
  • Normal hearing cannot be achieved with cochlear implants. They might not aid with hearing at all in a minority of persons.
  • The remaining natural hearing in the ear where the implant is inserted may be lost; to preserve the remaining natural hearing ability, a hearing aid should be used instead.
  • Use fresh or rechargeable batteries every day if necessary.
  • When showering or swimming, you must remove the implant's external portion.
  • Before you can get an MRI, you would need to inform your doctor and a particular procedure might need to be done.
  • During an accident or while participating in sports, the implant can get damaged.
  • The implant can malfunction, however this is uncommon. In some circumstances, a fresh procedure can be required to replace the implant.

5. What are the risks associated with Cochlear Implant surgery?

Cochlear implant surgery is a very safe procedure and the chances of complications are rare. But as with any surgery, there are risks associated with the cochlear implant also, which include infection, bleeding, swelling, injury to nerves, and the risks associated with the anesthesia.

6. What does a cochlear implant sound like?

With cochlear implants, there is undoubtedly a wide spectrum of experiences, especially in terms of sound quality. While many people complain that their implants sound "robotic," "distorted," "tinny," or "squeaky," many others claim that their hearing is nice and natural.

7. How does it feel after cochlear implant surgery?

For a few days, you can experience mild to severe pain in and around your ear, along with a headache. You might feel lightheaded and hear some popping or clicking in your ears. Within a week, this normally disappears. For roughly three to five weeks, the area behind your ear will be enlarged.

8. Are cochlear implants worth it?

A cochlear implant can significantly enhance a child's capacity to learn to communicate since a child learns a lot about the world through hearing. Adults who have mastered communication but are now unable to hear can also benefit greatly from a cochlear implant.

9. How long does it take a cochlear implant to become accustomed to?

Most cochlear implant users improve their ability to interpret speech significantly within the first three to six months of use.

10. Can everyone with hearing loss benefit from cochlear implant?

No, Cochlear implantation is not an option for everyone. The auditory nerves must be healthy for a cochlear implant to function. When the auditory nerve fiber is damaged or absent, cochlear implants are ineffective.

11. Do cochlear implants cure deafness?

Cochlear implants do not restore or cure hearing loss, but they do give very hard of hearing or deaf people the chance to hear sound by avoiding the damaged inner ear. They need to be surgically implanted, unlike hearing aids.

12. Is residual hearing destroyed by cochlear implants?

In the past, receiving a cochlear implant (CI) implied giving up any remaining hearing. The situation has changed. Many patients are surprised to realize that following cochlear implant surgery, they can still have some residual hearing.

13. How successful are cochlear implants in adults?

Statistics show that individually, 82.0 percent of people with postlingual hearing loss and 53.4 percent of persons with prelingual hearing loss showed a 15 percentage point or greater improvement in their ability to perceive speech. A tiny percentage either discontinued using the cochlear implant or had worsened ability following implantation.

14. What Age Is Best for Children to Get a Cochlear Implant?

If the child experienced hearing loss from birth, the sooner the implant is placed, the greater the improvement. The greatest level of benefit is shown in newborns with hearing impairment who receive a cochlear implant before turning two.

The age of implantation is unimportant if the hearing loss is progressive rather than congenital as long as the problem is treated promptly. As long as the patient is in good enough health to undergo surgery, there is no upper age limit for adults who wish to receive a cochlear implant.

15. Do various cochlear implant surgeons employ various strategies?

Cochlear implants are typically implanted using one of two procedures. Over 40 years have passed since the invention of the conventional implant, often known as a Standard Mastoidectomy. To access the mastoid bone, a cut must be made behind the ear. Access to the middle ear is made possible by opening the mastoid bone. The cochlea is then accessible by opening the inner ear.

Electrodes are introduced through a hole created in the cochlea. At the base of the electrodes, an electrical device is positioned beneath the skin. Most patients leave the hospital the same day after this outpatient procedure, which takes no more than four hours.

A novel, minimally invasive approach for Cochlear implants is becoming more and more popular among surgeons. The technique decreases blood loss, does less damage to nearby tissue, and has a quicker healing period despite being more challenging to learn.

16. Will a child outgrow the internal device and require a new one?

A cochlear implant will not be outgrown by a child. The electrode array is made to allow for growing skulls, and the cochlea is already fully formed at birth.

17. Can those who have cochlear implants distinguish between speech and background noise?

With a cochlear implant, environmental sound recognition is far less effective than speech recognition. Ambient sound rehabilitation may result in an improvement in the ability to recognise environmental sounds and tell them apart from speech, according to research.

18. How much time will my child spend in the hospital following surgery?

Most kids who undergo cochlear implant surgery stay at the hospital for 1-2 days.

19. How much does cochlear implant surgery cost in India?

Numerous hospitals in India do cochlear implant surgeries. In India, cochlear and hearing implants are less expensive than in western nations. The type of implant, the surgeon's experience, the hospital type, and the amenities available are only a few of the variables that affect the price of cochlear implant surgery in India. In India, cochlear implant surgery costs begin at USD 13,000. (apprx INR 966,000).

20. Which brands of cochlear implant are available in India?

All major brands of cochlear implants are available in India. These include:

  1. Cochlear™
  2. Advanced Bionics
  3. MED-EL

They come with the most advanced sound processors available anywhere in the world.

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